City Council was given an overview of the newly developed Galt Gardens Master Plan at today's council meeting. The Master Plan was developed to provide direction in the reconstruction of Galt Gardens and to outline preliminary cost estimates to be used for future Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budgeting.
The Heart of Our City Committee served as the project advisors throughout the nine month long planning process while engaging the many impacted stakeholders along the way.
"Galt Gardens really is the heart of our city," says Mayor Chris Spearman. "Our downtown is getting busier and more vibrant every day and we want Galt Gardens to reflect that. This plan gives us great ideas on how we can build a space that is filled with activity all year long."
The Master Plan process included reviewing prior plans and documents, completing a geotechnical study, engaging the community, completing conceptual designs and finalizing a design concept.
The proposed park design considers many factors including flexibility for the many needs of the community. It also focuses on creating a user-friendly park for all ages and abilities that was safe and accessible. Attention was paid to ways the indigenous heritage of the community could be incorporated. New pathways, plazas, art, memorial gardens, water features and enhanced vegetation are all included in the proposed design.
"As we went through this Master Plan process, a lot of attention and thought went into what Lethbridge needs in the downtown," says Councillor Ryan Parker, Heart of Our City Committee member. "We want to reflect the identity of our city today while still respecting and celebrating our history."
In total, the Galt Gardens redevelopment is projected to cost just over $5 million. The Master Plan outlines a phased approach to completing the upgrades:
- 2018 – detailed design
- 2019 – Phase 1 estimated at $1.94 million
- 2020 – Phase 2 estimated at $2.26 million
- 2021 – Phase 3 estimated at $969,000
Any decisions on funding for this project will be made through Council's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) which will be finalized this June.
Gerald Gauthier, Communications Consultant