Maple Ridge residents have the unique opportunity to have input into the next 10 years of the city’s investments in the arts and cultural services.
The planning includes discussions around a new museum and archives, as well as recreational facilities, tourism, neighbourhood amenities and a post-secondary centre.
The incredible stories of Maple Ridge and the neighbouring Katzie & Kwantlen First Nations are being told, but the existing museum and archives facility is too small, allowing only a fraction of the historical artifacts to be displayed, according to the City of Maple Ridge Civic and Cultural Facility web site. A new modern museum and archives facility would allow for an exciting collaboration between the City and First Nations to tell the story of this region in an engaging and modern environment that would strengthen the sense of community for all citizens and create a tourism destination for Maple Ridge.
It is exciting to think of the future school trips, spring break camps, lectures, and exhibit openings that could be held in the new facility. The spot for the proposed facility is in the downtown core close to the library, leisure centre, arts centre, local shops and restaurants, and the bus loop.
The public in encouraged to be involved through forums, focus groups and workshops, a survey, and pop-up displays.
For more information, visit:
- Maple Ridge Community Facilities Conversation
- The Maple Ridge Civic and Cultural Facility “Completing the heart of Maple Ridge” (YouTube video)
Article submitted by Andrea Lister. Andrea is the editor of British Columbia History magazine and the web designer for the Maple Ridge Museum and Archives.