Imagination Station opens; City looking for ideas

July 21, 2016 - The City of Fredericton has officially launched the “Imagination Station”– an information hub that will provide members of the public with an opportunity to browse project materials, ask questions, and share their views about the Imagine Fredericton process.

Located next to City Hall, on the corner of York and Queen Streets, the Imagination Station is housed in a refurbished shipping container recently live painted with a city scene by local artist Craig Budovitch.

The Station is staffed full time by student employees Monday to Friday 10:00am–5:00pm, Saturday 10am–3:30pm and features a unique solar charging station for cell phones, tablets and other electronic devices powered by rooftop solar panels, as well as a chalk board where residents can leave their thoughts about Fredericton. Staff from the Imagination Station will also set up displays at various locations throughout the city during the summer, as well as at festivals and special events.

Imagine Fredericton is the exciting community process to create a new Growth Management Strategy and Municipal Plan for Fredericton. The new strategy and plan will help guide the physical and community development of the city over the next 25 years.

“The Imagination Station is one of the many ways we’ll be engaging the public on Fredericton’s future over the next 12-to-18 months,” said Fredericton Mayor Mike O’Brien. “We keep saying this, but it really is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for our residents to share their thoughts about this great city.”

In addition to the Imagination Station, the public can continue to submit their input through the online community compass survey on the project website at www.imaginefredericton.ca. Members of the public can also provide comments on the Imagine Fredericton website and through the project’s social media pages.

“In the fall, a City Summit will be held to further shape growth options and discuss themes for the Municipal Plan,” said Sandi MacKinnon, recently elected Chair of the Imagination Fredericton Citizen Advisory Committee. “It will be an opportunity to bring together the ideas collected during the summer, as well as technical background research, to have a more formal discussion that leading to the development of a new growth strategy.”

Visit the project website, like Imagine Fredericton on Facebook (Imagine Fredericton), or follow the project on Twitter (@Imagine_Fred) to stay informed.

About Imagine Fredericton 
Through the Imagine Fredericton process, the City will develop a new comprehensive 25-year Growth Management Strategy and Municipal Plan. The strategy and plan will be based on the collective aspirations of citizens on how to best preserve and enhance the city’s quality of life. To this end, the strategy and plan will take into consideration important social, economic and environmental issues and objectives. It will link transportation needs and land use planning and will provide guidance on matters such as environmental protection, open space and community facilities, housing, urban design, heritage protection, and future economic growth.