Public input wanted on Waterton’s visitor centre – Alberta News

Public input wanted on Waterton’s visitor centre – Alberta News

Parks Canada wants the public’s help in designing the new visitor centre that will be built in Waterton Lakes National Park.

Canadians are being asked to share their opinions on three different designs for the new building that will stand in the townsite.

Locke Marshall, visitor experience manager for Waterton Lakes, said he hopes this opportunity attracts a diversity of opinions.

“We’re hoping that a broad range of Canadians can give us feedback, so we can choose one to go ahead with,” Marshall said.

“Parks Canada is launching this initiative for interested Canadians to learn and discuss the different options available.”

Input will be accepted online at www.letstalkwatertonvisitorcentre.ca from April 3 to May 12 to help shape the construction of the new facility. The public can also offer feedback at the public open house scheduled in the park on April 29.

The Government of Canada announced $7.6 million in funding for the visitor centre in July of 2015. Construction will begin in 2018 and the facility is set to open in 2020.

The original building was erected in 1958, but it can no longer accommodate the number of annual visitors which is growing exponentially.

“The new one will be much larger,” Marshall said. “Seven times larger from the one we have now.”

This is just one project of several as Parks Canada is investing $3 billion in infrastructure in their assets across the nation.

 

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