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Advisory to the Neighbourhood

West Side Update—January 13, 2012

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This advisory serves as an update on the plans and process for the revitalization of the west side. Full details, including the evolution of parking on the site, can be found on the museum's web site at

There will be an informal presentation about plans for the development of the museum's west side on Thursday, January 19, 2012, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM in the museum's theatre. The session will focus on the evolution of the site plan, and present options that are being considered. The presentation will also allow for questions from the general public.

The transformation of the museum's west side is a final step in the overall renovations that were completed in 2010. To date, a civil engineering firm has been contracted to develop a plan that will maximize parkland and optimize parking that is needed to meet the needs of our visitors during peak periods. This plan is one that will ultimately result in restoring more than half of the existing west side property into parkland for the enjoyment and benefit of the community.

This new plan will reduce space devoted to onsite parking and increase public and civic space when compared to pre-construction status in 2004. Underground parking, although explored as a potential option, is not financially feasible, nor is there a business case.

Landscaping of parkland and construction of the parking area is expected to take place in autumn 2012. Until then, lighting and curbs have been installed for health and safety reasons to delineate the temporary parking.

The Canadian Museum of Nature respects the concerns of the community and, as the process unfolds, will provide on-going updates that will include a public presentation, advisories and regular web updates at


Margaret Beckel
President and CEO
Canadian Museum of Nature

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