OTTAWA, Wednesday June 8, 2016 — Next to the Canada Science and Technology Museum is a valuable but underutilized green space that is full of opportunities. As part of the Museum renewal, the Museum will work with residents to develop a visionary master plan for this space.
The vision comprises a public Science Park where recreation, science, and technology mix; where the lines between adventure, learning, exploration, and community are blurred; where science is visible, touchable, and accessible to everyone; where Ottawans and visitors can gather outdoors, year-round.
Citizen engagement will take place in two phases. The first phase will invite the public to consider the question “How could we activate the Museum landscape?” During the second phase, the Museum will present design proposals and invite the public to provide feedback.
When completed, the park master plan will give the Museum a solid framework to make decisions regarding future investment, protection, maintenance, and development. The study will form a part of the broader site plan, and be used to co-ordinate and guide the preparation of more detailed implementation and management plans.
Though currently unfunded, the Canada Science and Technology Museum Foundation will be launching a capital fundraising campaign to support the construction of the park. All donations are welcome, and can be made here.
Background information on the project can be found here.
Residents are invited to visit the online portal to share their thoughts or to stop by one of the Museum’s public consultations for Phase 1:
- Sunday, June 12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Billings Estate (2100 Cabot Street Ottawa, K1H 6K1)
- Saturday, June 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Canada Science and Technology Museum (1867 St Laurent Boulevard, Ottawa. The Museum will be hosting a FREE community jam where visitors can participate in Science Park consultations, paint the Museum’s graffiti mural, test programming ideas, and more!
“We are looking forward to continuing our increased engagement policy by consulting the community on our plans for the proposed Science Park. Through public consultations, our goal is to design a Science Park that is the appropriate outdoor complement to the renewed Canada Science and Technology Museum, where Canada’s human stories of science and innovation will be showcased.”
- Alex Benay, President and CEO, Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
About the Canada Science and Technology Museum
The Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa, Ontario, is one of the three museums comprising the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, which is responsible for preserving Canada’s scientiﬁc and technological heritage and promoting and sharing knowledge about it. The three Museums — the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum — tell the stories of Canadian ingenuity and achievement in science and technology, and demonstrate how these accomplishments have contributed to the transformation of Canada. For more information please visit cstmuseum.techno-science.ca.