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Columbia Basin Trust grant will give new life to Golden’s Civic Centre

One of Golden’s most iconic buildings will receive a major upgrade thanks to a substantial grant from Columbia Basin Trust’s (the Trust) Arts and Culture Venue Grant program and funding from the Town of Golden.

The Golden District Arts Council, also known as Kicking Horse Culture, has been awarded $48,000 to replace the flooring in the Golden Civic Centre’s Great Hall through the Trust grant, with the Town of Golden contributing $15,000 toward the project.

The original 1948 hardwood flooring was refinished during a complete building restoration in 2010/11, but can’t be refinished again due to age and degradation of plank joints.

“At the time we knew we only had a few years of life left in the original floor, but it was important to reveal it to the community to share the stories it held,” said Bill Usher, Executive and Artistic Director. “The replacement of the floor will bring back both the functionality and the ‘wow’ factor as people enter and experience the overall grandeur of the Great Hall.”

The contract for this project was awarded by KHC to Alberta Hardwood Flooring. The existing flooring will be removed and replaced with approximately 3500 square feet of commercially finished ½” x 5” red oak engineered hardwood flooring. The project is anticipated to be complete by the end of May 2018.

Mayor Ron Oszust said, “Once again, Columbia Basin Trust has provided resources to ensure our civic centre continues as the cultural touchstone it is.  The Trust was a significant contributor to the centre’s re-birth in 2011 and this latest initiative will keep it safe and beautiful for a long, long time.”

To support and enhance the Arts and Culture sector in the Basin, the Trust is helping 12 facilities renovate, relocate or upgrade with nearly $830,000 in support through its new Arts and Culture Venue Grants.

“Realizing the importance of arts and culture to Basin residents, we have committed to meeting community needs for venues through these grants,” said Wayne Lundeberg, Columbia Basin Trust. “These 12 projects will contribute to keeping the region a vibrant place to live and visit.”

These grants are part of the Trust’s recent $11.6-million, three-year commitment to arts and culture, and to heritage. Other aspects include a new heritage professional located in the Basin and the new Heritage, Museum and Archive Grants. The Trust is also continuing the Arts and Culture Program delivered by the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance and its Built Heritage Grants, a partnership with Heritage BC. Learn more at