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Date: February 22, 2012

UVic Holds Open Houses For CARSA/Parkade

Series of open houses launches widespread process

The University of Victoria will be reaching out to the surrounding community and seeking input over the next four months on its proposed Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) and related parkade. The process follows recommendations in the Better Neighbours report commissioned by UVic from community engagement and municipal planning firm HB Lanarc - Golder to evaluate concerns regarding previous consultation efforts for CARSA.

“We recognize that our neighbours and surrounding communities have concerns about specific aspects of the CARSA project,” says Kristi Simpson, UVic’s associate vice president responsible for campus planning. “We will offer community members several opportunities to learn more about and provide feedback on the project and to discuss traffic management concerns, and we will share additional information about new design options for the parkade. Connecting with and hearing from the communities around the university and those who will use CARSA are of utmost importance to UVic.”

Members of the public are invited to submit feedback at any of the upcoming interactive ‘drop in’ open houses: 

March 8, 2012,
Lambrick Park Secondary
4139 Torquay Drive
5 to 8 p.m.
March 10, 2012,
St. Aidan’s United
3703 St. Aidan’s Street
12 to 3 p.m.
March 14, 2012,
Queenswood
2494 Arbutus Road
4 to 8 p.m.

After the open houses are complete, if you have not had a chance to attend, you will be able to provide your feedback online at www.uvic.ca/carsa.

“We’re committed to a meaningful consultation process and look forward to hearing input and sharing information with the community over the next several months,” says Simpson. “This process will also help us develop a consultation framework for future campus planning and development projects.”

UVic will use the input gathered during the March open houses and online to prepare a revised design for the parkade that will be presented at a second series of open houses planned for May.

For more information on the CARSA project, please visit the website at www.uvic.ca/carsa.

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Media contacts:

Kristi Simpson is available between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Feb. 22. Please contact Patty Pitts (UVic Communications) at 250-721-7656 or ppitts@uvic.ca to arrange an interview.

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