April 6, 2018
Nine non-profit groups are taking up residence at The Orange Hub, kickstarting a plan to turn the former West MacEwan Campus into one of the largest non-profit centres of its kind in Canada.
This first wave of tenants were selected through a public tendering process initiated prior to the City taking ownership of the property in September 2017. The groups will create a vibrant community hub for arts, recreation, wellness and learning.
“We’re pleased at the overwhelming interest from a diverse range of non-profit groups across the city,” said Roger Jevne, Community and Recreation Facilities Branch Manager. “Each has a rich history of providing arts programming or social support to the community and we’re happy to welcome them to The Orange Hub.”
The first wave of selected non-profits include:
- Gateway Chorus, an internationally ranked a cappella choir that specializes in producing that beautiful ringing sound you hear only in barbershop harmony.
- Edmonton Youth Pipe Band, Edmonton's oldest pipe band, inspiring young people to learn the music and lore of the highland bagpipes.
- The Red Road Healing Society, an Indigenous organization that offers professional services and programs from a cultural community grassroots perspective.
- Adaptabilities provides respite care for individuals with special needs and their families through programs for children and adults.
The Orange Hub offers
for community groups and residents to host their own events and programs.
Rehabilitation of the building is underway as part of the City's facility lifecycle management. This work will ensure it meets current building and fire codes, as well as requirements for a safe, secure and barrier-free public space.