Results are rolling in from the Evraz Place open house sessions.
Regina Exhibition Association Limited says since the initiative launched on October 24th, more than 5,000 people put forward their thoughts on on what should happen with Evraz Place in the future.
Director of Marketing and Communications Paula Kohl said there were a few common themes that really stuck out. “People want to see better concerts and entertainment events come to Regina instead of going two hours up the road to Saskatoon. People want more to do, so they want to be able to come here and go to a restaurant or potentially a movie theatre and have something to do so they’re not just coming for that event with the ticket in their hand. they can come early, they can stay late and they can come on non-event days.”
Other new initiatives brought forward included getting new Canadians connected to the property and the programming they need, as well as updating and expanding the 40-year-old Brandt Centre.
“They want to make sure we don’t loose site of ongoing investment and that’s keeping what’s here today, because there are some great assets on the property and they want to make sure that those continue to get invested in and taken care of.”
Kohl added the open houses have been a great learning opportunity, as well as teaching the community about everything Evraz Place has to offer. She said it was also surprising to see how many people are invested in the project. “More than 90 percent of people said they believe Evraz Place is important to Regina. We bring about $425-million of economic impact and almost 5,000 jobs are due to the work that goes on here at Evraz Place.”
Kohl added “it’s good to know that people are seeing that impact and know how important it is to Regina.”
The the responses will help the association create a new 2020 plan for Evraz Place that should satisfy the community.