Letter: This time, performing-arts centre should be a no-brainer


Kamloops certainly stands to benefit from a performing-arts centre.

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Such a venue is needed as our city continues to grow and becomes more prominent in B.C.

As the failed 2015 referendum showed, a performing-arts centre is not overly desired by the city’s population. The previous referendum failed largely because it was rushed and poorly implemented. The marketing was poor and the price tag too rich. It came close, but close is failure.

In 2015, the nail in the coffin was the boring design — boxy and unattractive at best. The new and revised design is very compelling and remarkable for a city that has little in that department.

My only complaint is that the design shown in recent renderings lacks a welcoming green space or plaza area. Set the building back and let Kamloops’ summer blooms be enjoyed by all.

This performing-arts centre is the right idea — a good design and a good price tag.

A second look at the idea was well worth it and the Fawcetts deserve to be recognized for their efforts.

Now, sell the idea aggressively to the people and let’s put this vote over the finish line.

Gary Birkeland


© Kamloops This Week


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