Avondale High School Sites Area Redevelopment Plan

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WHAT IS THIS PROJECT ABOUT?

The City of Grande Prairie is preparing an Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) for the area around the Leisure Centre site, Composite and Peace Wapiti Academy High Schools and the associated sports fields.

The Grande Prairie Public School District is in the process of building a new high school in the Avondale neighbourhood. The existing Composite High School will be demolished, making the site available for redevelopment.

It is a goal of the Peace Wapiti Public School District to build a new high school in the County. Once this happens reuse of the Peace Wapiti Academy building and/or site will occur.

In addition, the City has determined that the structure of the swimming pool portion of the Leisure Center is in poor condition and intends to demolish it. The ARP will identify future uses for that land as well.


WHERE ARE WE AT IN THE PROCESS?

A public engagement session was held at the Ernie Radbourne Pavilion in Muskoseepi Park on December 4, 2019. Based on the comments we received, as well as the technical analysis and engagement with other stakeholders, draft short term, medium-term and long term land use concepts were developed. Those concepts can be see in the "Document Library" on the right side of this page.

We are now at the stage where these land-use concepts are being presented to the surrounding landowners and public stakeholders for their review and comments.

HOW WILL YOUR INPUT BE USED?

Once this engagement process is complete we will review all the input we receive and use it to complete the final draft of the ARP for presentation to City Council.

WHAT ARE IN THE DRAFT SHORT, MEDIUM AND LONG TERM CONCEPTS?

The Short-Term Concept

The draft short term concept shows the proposed future land use of the area after the Composite High School and part of the Leisure Centre are demolished. It shows the temporary development of sports fields as well as a road realignment and stormwater improvements.

The Medium-Term Concept

The draft medium-term concept shows the proposed future land use of the area after the two indoor soccer buildings are demolished. It shows the possible development of an indoor recreation facility and the relocation of the sports fields if that were to occur.

The Long-Term Concept

The draft long term concept shows the proposed future land use of the area after the Peace Wapiti Academy High School has been demolished. The ARP would recognize that this may not occur for 30+ years. This draft concept shows the connection of Willie deWit Drive (105 Street) to 116 Avenue, as well as commercial and multi-family residential development in the northeast corner of the ARP area.

HOW WILL STAKEHOLDERS BE ENGAGED?

In-Person and Online Public Engagement Sessions.

The in-person sessions run in 45-minute time slots between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Ernie Radbourne Pavilion. Registration via Eventbrite is recommended as space is limited due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions. Drop-ins will only be accommodated if space allows.

An online session takes place via Zoom on November 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. To receive the Zoom link, residents must register for the online session via Eventbrite starting October 23 at 9 a.m.

REGISTRATION

To register for one of these sessions please go to https://avondalehsarp.eventbrite.ca

If you prefer, you can provide your comments on the draft land use concepts in the comment section below.

WHAT IS THIS PROJECT ABOUT?

The City of Grande Prairie is preparing an Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) for the area around the Leisure Centre site, Composite and Peace Wapiti Academy High Schools and the associated sports fields.

The Grande Prairie Public School District is in the process of building a new high school in the Avondale neighbourhood. The existing Composite High School will be demolished, making the site available for redevelopment.

It is a goal of the Peace Wapiti Public School District to build a new high school in the County. Once this happens reuse of the Peace Wapiti Academy building and/or site will occur.

In addition, the City has determined that the structure of the swimming pool portion of the Leisure Center is in poor condition and intends to demolish it. The ARP will identify future uses for that land as well.


WHERE ARE WE AT IN THE PROCESS?

A public engagement session was held at the Ernie Radbourne Pavilion in Muskoseepi Park on December 4, 2019. Based on the comments we received, as well as the technical analysis and engagement with other stakeholders, draft short term, medium-term and long term land use concepts were developed. Those concepts can be see in the "Document Library" on the right side of this page.

We are now at the stage where these land-use concepts are being presented to the surrounding landowners and public stakeholders for their review and comments.

HOW WILL YOUR INPUT BE USED?

Once this engagement process is complete we will review all the input we receive and use it to complete the final draft of the ARP for presentation to City Council.

WHAT ARE IN THE DRAFT SHORT, MEDIUM AND LONG TERM CONCEPTS?

The Short-Term Concept

The draft short term concept shows the proposed future land use of the area after the Composite High School and part of the Leisure Centre are demolished. It shows the temporary development of sports fields as well as a road realignment and stormwater improvements.

The Medium-Term Concept

The draft medium-term concept shows the proposed future land use of the area after the two indoor soccer buildings are demolished. It shows the possible development of an indoor recreation facility and the relocation of the sports fields if that were to occur.

The Long-Term Concept

The draft long term concept shows the proposed future land use of the area after the Peace Wapiti Academy High School has been demolished. The ARP would recognize that this may not occur for 30+ years. This draft concept shows the connection of Willie deWit Drive (105 Street) to 116 Avenue, as well as commercial and multi-family residential development in the northeast corner of the ARP area.

HOW WILL STAKEHOLDERS BE ENGAGED?

In-Person and Online Public Engagement Sessions.

The in-person sessions run in 45-minute time slots between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Ernie Radbourne Pavilion. Registration via Eventbrite is recommended as space is limited due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions. Drop-ins will only be accommodated if space allows.

An online session takes place via Zoom on November 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. To receive the Zoom link, residents must register for the online session via Eventbrite starting October 23 at 9 a.m.

REGISTRATION

To register for one of these sessions please go to https://avondalehsarp.eventbrite.ca

If you prefer, you can provide your comments on the draft land use concepts in the comment section below.