Media Release: Town of Lincoln contributes to theatre in future West Niagara Secondary School
Media Release – Town of Lincoln contributes to theatre in future West Niagara Secondary School
Lincoln, ON - (March 3, 2021) – At its meeting on March 1, the Town of Lincoln Committee of the Whole endorsed a long-term multi-year contribution from the Town to the development of a new theatre at the future West Niagara Secondary School (WNSS). The contribution will see Lincoln commit $200,000. In return the Town, through a service agreement, will get defined and specific access to recreation and cultural amenities in partnership with the DSBN, as well as a commitment to work together on the future of the Beamsville District Secondary School site.
The West Niagara Secondary School is scheduled to open in 2022 and will include a theatre that will be a shared asset between the school and the community.
“We are pleased to work with our partners to contribute to a community asset that will serve the needs of our local community and that will be enjoyed by many in west Niagara,” said Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton. “The new school and theatre will enrich the lives of not only the students, but also Lincoln as a whole while supporting Council priorities of a connected and vibrant community.”
“This project comes with many community benefits for residents of Lincoln,” added Town of Lincoln CAO Mike Kirkopoulos. “The theatre will provide a space for community and private events and help ensure that Lincoln continues to be a destination for residents and visitors alike. We see this as an asset to our tourism community.”
The District School Board of Niagara has allocated $4.2 million of the required $6.8 million needed to build the new school. The Friends of the Arts in West Niagara committee has launched a campaign to raise the remaining $2.6 million needed for the completion of the theatre.
More than 1,500 students expected to attend the new school, which will accommodate students from the now-closed South Lincoln Secondary School and soon-to-be-closed Grimsby Secondary and Beamsville District Secondary School.
“We’re truly grateful to the Town of Lincoln for getting us a big step closer towards building this theatre for West Niagara,” said Mat Miller, Fundraising Committee Lead and appointed principal for West Niagara Secondary School. “Our community has a great deal to offer, and this theatre will be another way for student and community members alike to showcase their talent and what’s going on in the area. Plus, it will draw in visitors, which will have some great effects on our local economy.”
The new theatre will boast seating for 750 people and will be large enough to be used for large art productions as well as rentals of the space for productions or public and corporate events.
Please look for more information on the community fundraising campaign in the coming weeks.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Manager of Corporate Communications
Town of Lincoln
Direct: 905-563-2799 ext. 230
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