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Bowen's Cultural Corner becoming reality

Shared space will offer many community programs between the Library and Hearth
Library outdoor space
An artist rendition of the finished outdoor Cultural Corner outside the Library and Hearth.

The Library and the Hearth Gallery will soon be swapping out orange fencing for sunny benches, a new plaza, and fresh landscaping. Work will begin shortly on the Snug Cove Cultural Corner, a project that expands the outdoor community space in the Cove, and provides a sheltered structure for Library and Hearth events such as art demonstrations, live performances, and author readings. South facing and with delightful views of Snug Cove Marina, the new space will be an aesthetically beautiful gathering place for all members of the community to relax, learn, share, and connect.

Designed by local Tectonic Architecture, the project features a covered programming area, new pathways and lighting, additional benches and seating areas, and landscape work around the Library Annex and Hearth Gallery to finish off the final phase of the Cove Commons project that began in 2018. In consultation with the Snug Cove Advisory Design Panel, the historical façade and front lawn of the library will remain the same, with some additional benches for folks to soak up the sun while they watch the ferry roll in.

The creation of outdoor public space has always been part of the shared Cove Commons plan for the Library and Arts Council. Both the 2017 Vital Conversations report from the Community Foundation and the renewed Cultural Plan from the Arts Council identified public priorities for cultural events and gathering spaces in Snug Cove. In response to these studies, and from additional community engagement during the Cove Commons planning, the idea for the Cultural Corner was born.

The Bowen Island Public Library Foundation, in partnership with the Bowen Island Arts Council, were successful in a provincial grant application which covers the entire project, from initial design to final planting. In the next few weeks construction will begin on the Cove Commons grounds, and is estimated to be completed by late spring.

The Library and the Hearth Gallery are thrilled to provide this community space, and appreciate the community’s patience while construction is underway. Access to the Library and Hearth will remain open for the duration of the work.

We are grateful for the support of Mayor and Council, and the many Municipal staff that have helped to make this project a reality. We look forward to the opportunity to provide space for Islanders to come together, attend events, and enjoy the beautiful place that we are so privileged to call home.

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