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Canada Science and Technology Museum wants public feedback on new science park

The Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa is looking for public feedback about the design of its new science park. The museum has been holding public consultations all month around the redevelopment of its green space.
The Canada Science and Technology Museum is hoping to build a world class science park that is accessible year round. This is a rendering of what it could look like. (The Canada Science and Technology Museum)

The Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa is looking for public feedback about the design of its new science park.

The museum has been holding public consultations all month on the redevelopment of its green space. The national facility is hoping to create a world-class park that is accessible for all ages, all year round.

"We have some ideas of what we'd like to see but we want to talk to people in the community about what they want to see. We want it to really be a community hub, so whether that's places to have picnics, or concerts, or places to hang out," said exhibition and interpretation officer Britt Braaten.

The museum is also hoping to create an outdoor space that reflects the exhibits found inside the museum's main building, Bratten said.

"We imagine a very cool playground, like science-inspired, [where] play structures look like atoms or molecules, this sort of thing."

'A vision for the future'

The museum hopes to get as much input as possible from the public about what should go inside the four-hectare green space.

"We're doing consultations for a master plan that's going to allow us to have a vision for the future and then we're going to be able to build this fantastic park," said visitor researcher Gabrielle Trépanier.

Museum employees Britt Braaten, left, and Gabrielle Trépanier, right, helped facilitate a public consultation at the Alta Vista Community Association picnic on Sunday. A number of consultations have been held this month about what a new science park should look like. (CBC)

Ottawa Coun. Jean Cloutier says he supports the idea of creating an accessible space but he doesn't want his community to be on the hook.

"I would like to see something that is interactive. I would like to see something that is of no cost to the community. I would like to see something that is family-oriented. I would also like to see something for seniors," he said.

The project hasn't received any funding to date, but museum officials say the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation Foundation is working on developing a campaign to raise funds, estimated to be between $6 million and $7 million.

The last public consultation of the month is scheduled to take place on June 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the museum.