Council has given approval for the City to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with OneSky Community Resources in support of developing a new childcare facility on Kiwanis Park. OneSky was selected to partner with the City through an Expression of Interest process conducted over the past several weeks.
“OneSky has a deep understanding of the community’s childcare needs and an excellent reputation for providing childcare services,” says Director of Development Services Blake Laven. “We’re excited to take the next step to work with them to apply for the grant and consult with the community about the proposal.”
With the MOU in place, the City and OneSky will proceed to finalize a proposal and complete an application for a grant worth up to $3 million towards a daycare facility to replace the Edmonton Avenue Centre.
“We are so appreciative of the opportunity to partner with the City of Penticton on a proposal for new childcare spaces. We’ve been a trusted childcare provider in the Kiwanis Park location for 45 years and we are excited to contribute new and much needed childcare spaces to the community. We look forward to talking to stakeholders to design a building that enhances the park and the neighbourhood,” says OneSky Executive Director Tanya Behardien.
The City is planning activities to review the proposal with residents once it is completed. As part of these activities, residents will also be invited to consider the need for a zoning amendment to add ‘daycare’ as a permitted use in Kiwanis Park. Although Kiwanis Park has been home to two childcare facilities for the past 30 years, childcare is currently not a permitted use in the park.
“We’re pleased that OneSky came forward to work with us on this opportunity,” says Mayor John Vassilaki. “The MOU is the first of several steps that need to fall into place before Council can make a final decision on this proposal.”
If the grant is successful and there is interest in the community in moving forward with the proposal, the City will initiate the public process for the zoning amendment which will include a public hearing. Residents are encouraged to register with shapeyourcitypenticton.ca to stay informed about this work and share their feedback.