While the rest of us are awaiting news of the next stage of lifting pandemic restrictions and the next stage of vaccinations, Bowen Island Public Library Foundation and the Hearth are celebrating news of an entirely different stage. An outdoor stage.
The Snug Cove Cultural Corner project – including an outdoor covered stage, covered seating areas, plaza and walkways expansion and landscaping around the library and gallery – has received a $398,000 grant.
The funding is part of the province of B.C.’s $100 million Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP) (the same program that awarded $450,000 to Davies Orchard last week).
Chief librarian Tina Nielsen celebrated the news in a press release, sharing that the timeline to apply for the one-time grant for small-scale public use infrastructure was tight but they luckily had a shovel-ready project. This cultural corner has been part of the Cove Commons vision since its opening in 2018.
“This will be a wonderful addition to our civic spaces,” said Bowen Library Board chair Susan Munro in the release, adding that the project could be complete by the end of the year.
“The Snug Cove Cultural Corner, in the heart of Snug Cove, will offer residents and visitors opportunities to participate in cultural events, enjoy public art and to safely socialize in a beautiful outdoor setting,” said The Hearth’s executive director Jami Scheffer in the release.