Oakville approves Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre operational plan

Monday, August 29, 2011 – for immediate release

Oakville approves Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre operational plan

New centre slated to open to user groups in January 2012

Oakville Council recently approved an innovative new operating model, developed specifically for the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) that will help it to become a cultural hub for Oakville. As part of the operating model, members of the arts and culture groups housed at QEPCCC will have the opportunity to participate on one of five working committees to help develop the centre’s potential. 

“Our consultation with art and culture groups led us to a one-of-a-kind operating model that will work for everyone,” Oakville Mayor Rob Burton said. “This approach provides an interface between the users and the facility so that our user groups can have input into operational decision making.”

The model also incorporates a rate structure that will allow groups to utilize the space while they build capacity.

“Our stakeholders made it clear that they wanted to be more than just renters of space,” Nina de Vaal, director of Recreation and Culture explained. “They wanted to play an active role in making the centre a success and the final operating model focuses on inclusion.”

The town created a working committee of representatives from arts and cultural groups including the Oakville Arts Council and Community Art Space in developing the operating model. 

The working committee also established a vision with guiding principles for QEPCCC that reflect the centre’s diverse uses and needs of its future occupants. Among the many groups that will now call QEPCCC home are the Oakville Arts Council and Oakville Sports Hall of Fame, plus a new youth centre and seniors centre.

In 2009, Council approved the renovation of the former Queen Elizabeth Park high school into a community centre that would meet recreation needs as well as the facility needs of Oakville’s many not-for-profit arts and culture groups.

Construction will be completed in the fall of 2011 with the doors opening to user groups in January 2012. The official grand opening celebration and the launch of a full range of arts, culture and recreational programming is being planned for March 2012.

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For more information:

Nina de Vaal
Director, Recreation and Culture
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3112
ndevaal@oakville.ca  

Gisèle Shaw
Manager, Corporate Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3166
gshaw@oakville.ca


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