At Monday’s Governance and Priorities Committee meeting, Council received an update on the Museum Relocation project.
The document deals with the design and fabrication of a new permanent exhibit for the Lloydminster Cultural & Science Centre.
Mayor Gerald Aalbers is thrilled that there is finally some progress being seen on the new building and that the outside exhibits will be open Thursdays through Saturdays over the Summer months.
“People can actually take their family and friends, gather at the park [Weaver Park], see those items as the restrictions come off, as we talked about with COVID, and hopefully making [them] available to our schools in the Fall, to again enjoy what’s there. Work is progressing well on the building. We still don’t have an actual date, but we know construction is moving forward each and every day.”
The budget for the project is 1.5 million dollars and factoring the current estimated costs, the remaining budget is $497,047.75.
In March of this year, the City launched their engagement campaign as residents were able to have their say on the new museum. The report indicates that 629 individuals viewed the project webpage, 242 were informed and viewed at least one document or engagement tool and 122 participated in the activities.
Respondents prioritized preserving and recognizing local history, fresh and interactive exhibits, encouraging creativity, showcasing art, and enhanced youth involvement. The City will be using these findings in future planning of services and programs.
Aalbers is upbeat on the work that’s going into the new Lloydminster Museum.
“They are working very diligently to get those displays and exhibits prepared so when we have a grand opening it’s a compete facility that people will be able to enjoy and be very proud of showcasing their community to family and friends.”
Council accepted the update as information.