PEMBERTON COMMUNITY BARN PROJECT
For information on hosting an event at the Downtown Barn, visit the Community Events page.
The Village of Pemberton is committed to improving downtown and has undertaken a number of planning and building initiatives to enhance this part of the Village.
In June 2009, Council adopted the Downtown Enhancement Strategy. The Strategy was the product of several downtown working sessions with consultant Michael von Hausen (MvH Planning and Design) and the input of many business and community interests.
The downtown enhancement initiative was a key planning direction and action item in the Official Community Plan for 2012. In early 2012, the Council discussed the challenges and opportunities to kick start more substantial private investments through the construction ofthe downtown community barn that was identified in the Frontier Street Master Plan. The intent was that the barn could be a community project, whereby the construction and materials could be achieved in a barn raising tradition. This idea was further developed upon learning about and making contact with the Timber Framers Guild.
Later in 2012, the Timber Framers Guild accepted Pemberton's invitation to help build the barn project. The construction event would be a twelve day barn raising that would offeropportunities to participate in educational timber frame construction workshops.
Further, in the Spring of 2013 the Village convened a working group to draw support and input on the project. This working group includes members of the Rotary Club, the Farmer's Institute, Cultural Roundtable, Winds of Change, Legion, Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Pemberton and with the leadership of the Village will coordinate the construction of the project and the hosting event.
The project was not a reality until late 2013 when the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation approved a grant of $240,000 towards the project. The Foundation recognized the value-added aspect of this project (through community donations and the Timber Framer Guild's involvement) and its ability to enhance the vitality of downtown by offering a covered community space for activities such as the farmers' market, special events, dances, festivals, picnics and performances.
The Pemberton Downtown Community Barn now stands as a beautiful and unique entry feature; a key community recommendation of the downtown enhancement planning.
Fore more information on how this project came about, see below:
For more information, contact Suzanne Bélanger, Project Coordinator, at 604.894.6135, firstname.lastname@example.org