PETERBOROUGH, ONT. — The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ont. has announced that the Johnson Park site in the city has passed environmental viability tests and is suitable for building the new museum facility.
The confirmation clears the way for moving to the next phase of feasibility activities and determining next steps with the City of Peterborough, stated a recent release. Johnson Park is situated on Little Lake, north of Beavermead Park and south of the Parks Canada-Trent Severn Waterway head offices.
The new museum will be designed by local design firm Lett Architects.
“We are thrilled that recently concluded due diligence explorations, environmental assessments, testing and feasibility studies have substantiated the Johnson Park location as a viable site for the building of the new world-class canoe museum,” stated Carolyn Hyslop, museum executive director, in a statement. “The museum will now enter the next phase of feasibility and validation activities. This process will help us fine-tune the budget and overall costs, design and the project schedule with a view to being shovel-ready by the end of 2021.”
The new museum will be built on a flat portion of the property, away from the floodplain, on the open land along Ashburnham Drive, preserving the existing trail, shoreline and natural waterfront, the statement noted.
“Lett Architects are thrilled to be working with the Canadian Canoe Museum on a new home for their comprehensive collection and programming,” said Bill Lett, managing principal, Lett Architects Inc. “As a local studio, we are excited for the opportunity to design this new facility and for the first-hand chance to experience its positive impact on our own community.”