Astrolabe Theatre Project Moves Ahead With 4 Detailed Proposals

Nepean Point is one of the most spectacular lookouts in Canada’s Capital, making it a key Capital destination. At the highest point of the site is a majestic statue of Samuel de Champlain, who explored the Ottawa River in 1613.

According to the NCC website, The Astrolabe Theatre structures at Nepean Point no longer meet universal accessibility standards, and are at the end of their life cycle. The long-term vision for this area is to build multi-use recreational pathways connecting cultural institutions, the existing pathway network and green spaces, in order to create a continuous promenade from the Rideau Canal to Rideau Falls Park.

Last January, the NCC invited landscape architects, bridge designers, architects, urban designers and other design professionals to form design teams to respond to the request for qualifications for the renewal project. The four designs were unveiled yesterday afternoon at an open house that gave the public its first glimpse of what the new park might look like by the time construction of the $6.7-million project is complete in 2020.

The proposals will be reviewed by an independent jury, which will then recommend a proposal to the NCC Board of Directors in 2018, but you can have your say. Have a look at the four presentations and then take a few minutes to fill out the survey, and state your preferences. Here’s the link:

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