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Future uses for Picton Town Hall take shape at well-attended visioning session ... when over 50 impassioned users and concerned citizens packed the Picton Town Hall on Sunday afternoon
The Save The Picton Town Hall working group is looking for public input on the future of the historic building downtown. On Sunday, Jan. 28, the group will hold a visioning session at the hall from 2-5 p.m.
Community members are asked to ponder a simple question: “If the Picton Town Hall could be the best town hall you could imagine, what would that look like?” and come prepared to discuss it that night.
Community members shared practical, bizarre and inspiring ideas to save Picton’s Town Hall during a community visioning gathering Sunday at the Ross Street, Picton location.
All ages filled the upper level of the hall to brainstorm on how the community structure could continue serving local residents and community groups for many years to come ...
Over 50 impassioned users and concerned citizens packed the Picton Town Hall on Sunday afternoon.
The Save Picton Town Hall group hosted a well-attended community visioning session in advance of a likely request for proposals from County council that will ultimately decide of the gathering place and former fire hall.
The visioning session employed a handful of local artists (Tim Snyder, Marc Keelan-Bishop, Andrew Csafordi, Teresa Westervelt and Krista Dalby) to capture thoughts, ideas and concepts in an imaginative and artistic way that was later shared with the entire room and would provide the committee with ample fodder when developing their proposals.
Leslie Smail-Persaud asked the attendees at the SPTH visioning session to answer the following question: If Picton town hall could be the best town hall you could imagine, what would it be? Epstein added that “blue sky thinking” was encouraged.
The resulting discussions were energetic and animated. In addition to the words being written on the paper-covered tables, the artists were sketching their vision of the ideas. Some of the ideas were a continuation of the historical uses of the hall, others were totally new, such as a health care hub, native plant nursery or a popup tea room. And a few ideas came from the rarefied air of the blue sky ...
The County’s Community Development Department is inviting proposals for ongoing use and operation of the current Picton Town Hall and former Picton Fire Hall.
Proposals are open for the downtown Picton property’s use, operation and ownership. The County’s application document states the overall value of the proposal will be considered in the context of the economic, cultural, social and environmental benefits to the community.
The municipality issued a news release Wednesday inviting the community to submit expressions of interest for Picton Town Hall and former fire hall.
The release says with respect to the County’s strategic priorities, the municipality wants to identify the best use for the property. Located at 2 Ross Street, the hall was built in 1866 and is designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.
The deadline for expressions of interest is Nov. 26, 2018 at 2 p.m.
The Picton Town Hall is a bit of a conundrum. Nuzzled in on Ross Street, just behind Picton Main Street and directly in the centre of the town’s core, the heritage building is a valuable asset for the County.
The building itself has two purposes. The upper level is a community gathering space. Accessible by both stairs and elevator, the large room includes an attached kitchen and washrooms, tables and chairs, and is ideal for all sorts of community activities, from bridge club afternoons to community meals, from performances to actual town halls.
One of the latter will take place on Thursday, July 20 at 7 p.m. Picton councillor Lenny Epstein has invited the public to a town hall at the town hall to discuss the future of the town hall. Five days after that, council will decide whether to accept proposals from private businesses, not-for-profit organizations and the public about what to do with the hall.
Mon24Sep20186:30 - 9:00 PMKente Public School gym
Rednersville Women’s Institute is hosting the meeting. There will be a question time available.
Wed26Sep20187:00 pmMilford Town Hall.
Sat29Sep20181:30 - 3:00 PMTown Hall, 2 Ross Street
Come and join us for a short meeting to update you on the draft plan for the Picton Town Hall including ways to fund keeping it in püblic hands. Hear about progress, give feedback, and ask questions.
The future of Picton Town Hall took another step forward as Save Picton Town Hall Working Group (SPTH) attracted a full house at Saturday’s public meeting to share plans and receive feedback.
Dubbed ‘A Hall for All’ by the SPTH working group, its hope is for the structure at 2 Ross St., Picton is to remain in public hands for community use.
SPTH working group member Bev Campbell introduced core SPTH members Duncan Moore, Sarah Moran, Leslie Smail-Persaud and Lynne Rochon. She also noted thanks to members not present, including Margaret Watson, Christine Renaud and Gilles Miramontes. She also thanked councillor Lenny Epstein who first hosted a community meeting last summer.
Wed03Oct20186:30 pmRegent Theatre, Picton
Doors open at 6:30pm for a 'meet and greet' with the questions beginning at 7pm.
In January of this year an ad hoc group arranged a meeting at the Picton Town Hall to seek ideas for new uses of the building as a means of keeping it as a viable public space. The initial meeting attracted over 50 people, and the Working Group was given numerous ideas for new uses for the hall as well as a strong indication to maintain the present uses.
Since that time, members of the Working Group have been meeting bi-weekly to formulate a plan to keep the building as a public space. On Saturday afternoon, the group held a public meeting at the Town Hall to present its initial strategic plan and to solicit comments on the plan. The meeting was once again well attended, with 50 people present. There were a number of candidates for council in attendance, but the majority of people were current users of the hall.
All councillors and mayoral candidates meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.
Thu11Oct20186:30 pmBloomfield United Church
Sponsored by Bloomfield and Area Business Association
Thu11Oct20187:00 - 9:00 PMSt. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church located at 31 King Street
The Picton Business Improvement Association will be holding an All Candidates Meeting. The six Picton Ward candidates will have an opportunity to introduce themselves, respond to two prepared questions from the BIA and then answer questions posed by members of the community. Everybody welcome.
Tue16Oct20187:00 pmNorth Marysburgh Recreation Centre
Meet and greet for the three mayoral and two councillor candidates for the North Marysburgh ward. All welcome.
Tue16Oct20187:00 pmAthol Town Hall, Cherry Valley
New term of office for Councillors begins