We are building a Community Hub to fund and deliver programming for Calgarians. It will be a purpose-built facility that includes a commercial kitchen, coffee shop, and programming spaces. The Hub is a social enterprise, with the income it generates going back into the community – allowing us to continue offering events, programs, and services.
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Our imagine SUNALTA Project is part of the Community Hubs Initiative.
The Initiative has committed $1.25 million over the course of 5 years (2017-2021) in seed funding. This funding was used to carry out the community engagement and create the Existing Physical Resources Report, Gap Analysis and Feasibility Report, Business Plan, Master Plan and Design Scope Report, and Strategic Report. This funding also covers staff vital to program and service delivery, capital campaign planning, and business operations.
WHAT WE HEARD
In 2014 the Sunalta Community Association partnered with the Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative Inc. (MBAC) to create a vision.
The residents of Sunalta identified a need for a year-round space for community. A place of economic vitality, creating opportunities for employment and training. An inclusive place for recreation and leisure, sports and events.
A place for residents and visitors to cultivate arts and culture, gather, share ideas and work. A place that values environmental sustainability.
WHAT WE’VE ACHIEVED
We prioritized steps, focusing on improving the site’s functionality.
We understood some of the top priorities to be: integrating garden opportunities, creating safe play areas and activating programming spaces.
We have buried the power lines; completed some landscaping and field remediation; completed a soccer pitch; built a community garden; hosted live music and outdoor movies and established a drop in program for kids and parents.
WHERE WE'RE GOING
The next phase includes space to host both public gatherings and small functions. At present this is envisioned as a café, kiosk or gathering space, where people might come together to enjoy a coffee, read the paper, or catch up with friends.
Somewhere for music, programming, food preparation or crafting. A field house for sports. Each developed with careful consideration for the environment, site circulation, traffic flow, sight lines and accessibility.
The Community Hubs Initiative is a three-way partnership between the United Way of Calgary, The City of Calgary, and the Rotary Clubs of Calgary, where 5 Community Hubs are being activated in priority locations across Calgary. Although each Hub is unique to the community it serves, they all share four key features
Learn more about the Community Hubs Initiative here.
Welcoming and Inclusive Gathering Spaces
Engaging Residents in the Design and Activation
Provide Access to Support and Services
Provide Platforms to Spark Community Economic Development