ABOUT THE PROJECT
Our Island Place: The vision is now an achievable plan.
Like people everywhere, Bowen Islanders love to gather. Despite a lack of venues, people find ways to come together - to learn, celebrate, and deepen our social bonds.
But for a very long time, Islanders have envisioned a place where community can better flourish, and lives are enriched in multiple and profound ways. Now, that vision can be realized.
Bowen Island Municipality will construct a multi-purpose facility in Snug Cove, adjacent to the Bowen Island Community School. The Community Centre will bring under one roof recreation and arts programs and services, and provide urgently needed facilities for a growing population. Everything is in place to move forward: Council leadership, an exciting design, financial and operating plans, a fundraising strategy, and a strong team of partners leading the project.
Designed to bring out our best.
The building, situated at the top of the hill above Snug Cove, reaches out from the natural landscape to draw people in.
inviting and accessible entrances are located front and back.
natural lighting and view corridors.
spaces reflect Bowen's connection to nature and the landscaping inspires creativity.
layout encourages interaction in all parts of the building.
retractable seating in large multi-purpose room allows for diverse activities.
green building features minimize climate impact and operating costs.
A versatile and vibrant "hive" of community activity.
The Centre is imagined as a hive bustling with an array of activities. It is a place to entertain and be entertained. To take classes, hold meetings, and throw parties. To seek services and solutions - or just some friendly company on a rainy afternoon. It's a place to welcome all. A home for Islanders to connect and nurture a sense of belonging through programs aimed at enhancing health and wellness.
Designated in 2013, the building site on Lot 2 of the Community Lands was chosen for its proximity to Snug Cove and other village amenities. A key attribute is its accessibility to Bowen Island Community School, seniors housing, and existing recreation facilities such as the fields, tennis court and Bike Park. The addition of the Community Centre will enhance this already established activity hub, providing another public space for Islanders to gather and connect.
A total of 16,000 sq. ft. has been divided to reflect both the unique and the shared needs of key stakeholders, as cost-effectively as possible. 75% of the facility is exclusively devoted to community-use, for programs and classes, performances and events, as well as rentable spaces. The remaining 25% will be the home of Bowen Island Municipality, occupying about 4,000 sq. ft.
Day time scenario
Come together, Bowen Island!
The success of our Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program grant for $7.9 M is a once in a lifetime opportunity to finally build our Community Centre. These funds, along with Municipal reserves and fundraising to date, bring the amount raised for the project to $10.5 M. An additional $4 M is needed before construction can begin.
In order to move without delay, the Municipality will be holding a referendum on September 12, 2020, to request approval from the electors to borrow up to $4 M. Fundraising will continue while construction is underway, with the intent of decreasing the amount that would ultimately need to be borrowed.