City moves ahead with revitalization project at Ship Point

The City of Victoria is moving forward with a project it hopes will revitalize Ship Point during the upcoming tourism season.

The City of Victoria is moving forward with a project it hopes will revitalize Ship Point during the upcoming tourism season.

As part of the Ship Point design competition, the city is asking a team to design, build and install a temporary or “pop up” public space in the area immediately north of the Inner Harbour.

Designs will be judged based on five criteria, including social interaction, aesthetics, functionality, sustainability and feasibility.

The project is meant to revitalize the area and make it “a more vibrant, unique, memorable and welcoming space that will encourage people to socialize, explore and wander,” according to a report.

Staff have pegged the project at $45,000, to be allocated from the downtown core area public realm improvement reserve fund. The winning team will receive a $5,000 award and up to $35,000 for the construction, installation and de-installation of the temporary design.

The budget for the project is based on similar projects in cities such as Surrey, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Toronto.

“We don’t know what it is yet. It will be an exciting process to hear from the artistic community here,” said Coun. Jeremy Loveday.

Geoff Young was the only councillor to vote against the project.

“This is money badly spent that should be spent on proper planning for this site,” he said. “I think we should put money toward a planning process that would recognize economic realities and the value of the site . . . this is just putting lipstick on the pig.”

Registration for the competition will open this month, with the winner announced in June. The design will be installed in July and taken down in October, following the tourism season.

Council also floated the idea of keeping the design up after October for locals to use as well.

Ship Point is one of Victoria’s larger outdoor performance venues with Blues Bash, the TD Victoria International Jazz Festival, the Victoria International Busker’s Festival and the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival using the space in the summer.

 

 

Just Posted

Officer leads the flare in Saanich Police’s social media

Triangle dance latest addition to Saanich Police social media anthology

U.S. college bribery scandal shines light on serious problem in Canada

Looking at the bigger picture of marginalization in universities

Royal romance sequel shooting in Victoria: Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal filming at Union Club

Sequel depicts romance between Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle

BC Ferries looks for more feedback on 25-year plan for Swartz Bay

Some suggestions already under consideration include a cycling route, waterfront park

B.C. resident baffled about welcome mat theft

Security footage shows a woman and her dog taking the mat from the property on March 13

Father thanks B.C. Mountie for shooting hoops with kids, ‘changing perspectives’

‘We’re just like everyone else,’ says Surrey officer who stopped to play basketball with kids

2019 BUDGET: As deficit grows, feds spend on job retraining, home incentives

Stronger economy last year delivered unexpected revenue bump of an extra $27.8 billion over six years

Victim succumbs to injuries suffered in Campbell River hit and run

The female pedestrian that was struck in a hit and run on… Continue reading

Trans Mountain court hearing: B.C. says it won’t reject pipelines without cause

Canada says the proposed amendments to B.C.’s Environmental Management Act must be struck down

Carfentanil found in 15% of overdose deaths in January: B.C. coroner

Carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than illicit fentanyl and used to tranquilize elephants

B.C. father fights for his life after flu turns into paralyzing condition

Reisig has lost all motor skills with the exception of slight head, shoulder and face movements.

Suspicious fire in Alert Bay burns two homes, spreads to nearby bush

Police say underage suspects have been identified

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Most Read