To the editor:
The Peachlanders attending the Primary School last week heard the announcement by our federal MP of an additional grant of $52,000 for the outfitting of the Visitor Information Centre.
Besides that happy surprise, the usual photo op session, and the absence of any heat, it was a great opportunity to get a preview of the renewal underway.
A photo could never capture the scope and solidity of the spaces revealed. It was something to see through all the exposed uprights of real 2 x 6s (milled right in Peachland by the McDougall sawmill), and to note the joinery of the peaked supports over the windows.
We were told that the architects are still trying to figure a way to keep a small section of a wall exposed to show off the distinct diagonal application of boards.
The closeness of the view of the lake, the window light and lofty ceiling heights are all stunning.
The tour identified the allocation of spaces for the anchor tenants, and revealed the hallway space for use by the arts community.
I hope that this project will be established as a public, inclusive place, and that any notions of “ownership” of this or that area will be avoided.
Envisioned as the centrepiece of our town’s public facilities, in my view its success depends more than anything else on its openness and wide community access.
Understandably, the operational functions and finances will challenge our capacity and management.
It was special to tour the project at this stage, and to anticipate its completion.
With the May long weekend set for the opening, is there time to launch an open contest for a name to identify the building?
The name should be something that would communicate “a space” that shows off all community endeavours and tells its stories.