The City recently hired WSP to undertake planning and pre-design work for the Future Areas of Whistle Bend. This includes the central core, the 'fin', and the Ta'an Kwach'an parcel and surrounding area. The contract with WSP also includes concept design and consultation on the Town Square.
Imagining our Town Square
How can we design a Town Square which balances public values, livability aspirations of functionality and inclusion, and reflects the uniqueness of Whistle Bend and Whitehorse?
Whistle Bend planning and design is progressing with this current Phase to include the design of a town square at the heart of Whistle Bend. Town squares are important feature of a vibrant community and this is a unique opportunity for Whitehorse. Whistle Bend’s town square will be the heart of Whistle Bend and the pride of all Whitehorse residents
What We Heard So Far
Thanks to everyone who was able to provide initial input at our May information-gathering events. Our intention was to understand the 'Town Square experience' residents were seeking. Events included:
- May 16th 'TED-ish' talk @ Baked
- May 17th government partner workshop @ Public Safety Building
- May 17th community World Cafe @ Mountainview Golf Course
- June 17th Ta'an Kwäch'än Council citizen workshop @ Kwanlin Dun Culture Centre
See our What We Heard document (PDF).
Evaluating Draft Design Options
Join the City this and next week to check out draft design options for future planning areas and the future Town Square. Draft ideas were developed using citizen input gathered in May and June (see the above 'What We Heard' document).
Now we want your help to evaluate the design options. What do you like? What do you not like? What would you add or change?
Drop by the Whistlebend pond playground anytime on Thursday July 19th or 26th between 5-7 pm.
Why Engagement Matters
It is important to the City that the planning work for the future areas as well as the planning and design of the town square plan considers their aspirations, needs, and expectations because we know citizens have a strong connection to their community.
The planning process will ensure TKC’s hopes and aspirations for their lands are considered in the overall planning vision. The planning process will also provide opportunities for both Whistle Bend residents and Whitehorse citizens to ensure their hopes and aspirations are considered in the overall planning vision.
Kinden Kosick, MCIP, RPP
Planner 2, City of Whitehorse