A new Pictou Library and upgraded/expanded deCoste Centre are almost a reality, but your/public help is needed. This is a wonderful opportunity to create a vibrant new community hub that gathers together people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities around creativity, culture, education, and community well-being.
“The community has been very generous in its commitments of financial support. We also have support from Pictou Town and County Councils as well as the Government of Canada. But in order for this project to get to the finish line we need support from the Province of Nova Scotia.” explains Project Committee Chairperson and Mayor Jim Ryan.
The government of Nova Scotia’s financial contribution has been delayed by the pandemic. The Committee believes if they hear from the public the province will step up to support this vital community project now when it is needed most.
deCoste Performing Arts Centre Executive Director Troy Greencorn explains, “This is the perfect time for construction to begin. The theatre is operating at reduced capacity due to Covid-19 and construction work is needed now. Starting this project as we emerge from the pandemic will slow the theatre down once again, now is the time, this project is shovel-ready.”
The library/deCoste project has been in development for over three years. Public consultations and first stage designs are complete, a business plan for capital construction and cost estimates is prepared, and a plan for ongoing sustainability is ready. All information is available online at www.culturehubpc.ca.
“One of the things this pandemic has taught is how much communities need public spaces where people can gather for a variety of purposes in a safe and accessible manner. The current Pictou Library does not meet that challenge,” says Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library Chief Librarian Eric Stackhouse.
In its very design, this project fosters close cooperation beyond the two key partners, the Regional Library and deCoste. It also reaches out to take into account the needs of the greater community, both town and county. This project will support creative and cultural initiatives, recreation and active living programs, stimulating volunteerism and community development. The local economy will see growth from increased tourism and business activity. The whole will be more than the sum of its parts.
The Project Committee is asking individuals, organizations, and businesses to write to the Hon. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, Minister of Communities, Culture, and Heritage, Province of Nova Scotia, to let her know why this project is important to you. The minister’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org.