Festival Way project has new reduced cost

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The proposed Festival Way.

Submitted | Town of Whitecourt

Festival Way, an accessible pathway at Rotary, was identified in 2018 as a high priority in the Sportfield Master Plan.

The Whitecourt Policies and Priorities Committee discussed the project during their regular meeting last Monday.

It was announced in March 2018 the Rotary Club of Whitecourt had allocated $131,715 towards developing Festival Way at Rotary Park. In April 2019, unallocated funding from the Federal Government’s Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) program was awarded to the Festival Way Project for the amount of $100,000.

A stipulation that came with the funding was the project must be completed within one year from the date of the signed agreement, May 31, 2019.

The total cost of the project was estimated to be $618,163 in May 2019. Council directed administration to review the project scale and bring back a reduced total project cost.

Since then, administration have reviewed the project and site and have been able to refine the estimates to $510,000.

Festival Way will include spaces for community groups and organizations to set up tents and displays, power services and footings to attach tents, a charging station for mobility devices and pathway lighting.

Whitecourt Mayor Maryann Chichak is one board with the project and sees the potential of the project.

“There are so many possibilities,” she said. “A portion that I really like is the accessibility for those who those who are disadvantaged right now, who have issues transitioning through the park.”

With $231,715 already secured, the remaining $278,285 will be funded through sponsorship and the Future Community Project Reserve.

The Policies and Priorities Committee agreed to defer the Festival Way Project to the 2020 budget deliberations.



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