March 22, 2019 - The second stage of the Reimagining SPACE citizen consultation for the revitalization of Centennial Park and the Lord Reading property was launched with success. This first of four creative workshops was attended by roughly 50 citizens who actively participated. The workshop was successful for the quality and diversity of the constructive interaction and the findings on the future of Centennial Hall.
 
“The high level of citizen participation and the wealth of input generated many points of consensus which will be very useful for the members of the Steering Committee in making recommendations to Council,” states City Councillor Robert Mercuri, president of the Reimagining SPACE Committee.
 
During the previous Diagnostic session, held on February 20, the participants had identified key issues for Centennial Hall and Park, the library and the Lord Reading property with the goal of developing a global vision for these sites.
 
At this first creative workshop, held on March 13, the participants broke out into ten working groups. Each group dealt with eight aspects regarding Centennial Hall that were based on the findings of the Diagnostic session.
 
The workshop participants agreed that Centennial Hall no longer meets the standards for current use; its basement kitchen has been condemned by the Fire Department for a long time, the building requires major investments, and space for cultural activities is limited. Only nine associations use the building regularly.
 
The workshop participants also acknowledged the attachment to the historic character of the site and to the view, as well as the importance of maintaining the architectural elements. Also discussed was the lack of space and functionality, the outdated state and inaccessibility of the building, as well as the desire for a spacious, functional location and facilities that are ecological and sustainable. It was also suggested to expand the services and activities (coffee shop, amenities, kitchen, hall rental, etc.) and to create a space where the park and its views can be enjoyed at all times. The question of whether to renovate or replace the current building was also among the subjects discussed.  
 
Since the launch of the consultation process, many suggestions were also submitted by email for consideration by the members of the Steering Committee composed of nine citizens who bring complementary expertise and experience to the table, as well as City Councillors Robert Mercuri and Karen Messier.
 
“All discussions revolved around solutions and projects that combine culture, leisure and nature in a spirit of openness, collaboration and respect that is a reflection of the community of Beaconsfield. We wish to thank everyone who has given their time so generously”, concludes Robert Mercuri.
 
The next workshop on the subject of a multipurpose centre will take place on April 3 at the Herb Linder Annex; all citizens are welcome. For further information please click here or send an email to imagine@beaconsfield.ca.