Three well known festivals that use Churchill Square as home base will need to pack up and move next year.
LRT construction of the Valley Line means the square will close this September and won’t reopen again until April of 2019.
A report heading to city council’s community and public services committee recommends spending $372,500 to help The Works, The Edmonton International Street Performers Festival, and Taste of Edmonton relocate, and to defray lost revenue.
The Works would move to the area around the legislature, using the capital plaza and adjoining streets. That festival seeking $110,000 from the city.
The street performers would move to Old Strathcona, using McIntyre Park off Calgary Trail, north of Whyte. That festival would be shortened for 2018, going six days instead of ten because of an existing event that would overlap. They’re seeking $90,000 to cover the interim relocation.
Taste of Edmonton’s “preferred location is downtown,” the report said. They’re seeking $172,500 “depending on the final site and incremental operating requirements.”
The festivals are asking for the money to offset, “direct incremental operating costs that will be incurred as a result of the relocation,” the report said, “including equipment, utilities, facility rental fees, temporary infrastructure and additional staff to plan and deliver these festivals in new locations.”
The city has a 19 month time line where things will get pretty hectic around Churchill Square, from this September, until April of 2019.
The committee will debate the report Monday, before it goes to city council April 11.