It’s incorrect to say the Canadian Canoe Museum is bumping the Peterborough Canoe and Kayak Membership (PCKC) from its Johnson Park house, says a museum spokesperson.
The museum launched A press launch to its members and The Examiner on Monday in response to assertions made by PCKC commodore Jim Stewart on Friday thOn the museum declined to companion with the club on a boathouse Which might maintain them at Johnson Park.
PCKC and The metropolis of Peterborough are presently discussing a plan to relocate them to an space in close by Beavermead Park. That plan Is predicted to go earlier than metropolis council subsequent month.
Caroline Spivak, a spokesperson for the canoe museum, said the Johnson Park property is personaled by the metropolis and the museum has nofactor to do with the club’s settlement with the metropolis To make the most of that property.
She said it was a mutual choice between the club, metropolis and museum that one other location be found for PCKC as quickly as enchancment of the museum begins on the Johnson property.
Spivak said these dialogue occurred in April and didn’t contain the museum declining a companionship with PCKC.
“It was an exploration of might we, the canoe museum and kayak club, unbiasedly however synergistically exist on this property and understand its’ programming goals,” Spivak said. “The selection On the time was, on a sensible diploma, that wasn’t an selection and it simply wasn’t going to be understandd.”
The museum has acquired vital backlash following Stewart’s suggestions and launched a ready assertion by authorities director Carolyn Hyslop in response.
“Current inaccurate suggestions by the Peterborough Canoe and Kayak Membership (The Membership), as reported Inside the Peterborough Examiner on (Friday) have triggered confusion (amongst) our members and our group,” said Hyslop.
“We strongly object to anyone deceptive group members by advocateing that We’re containd or are Responsible for issues That are merely out of our scope and out of our palms.
“We understand that our enchancment enterprise and future occupation of the Johnson Property website Could have an influence on anyone on or adjoining to the property. Conpresently, It is rather important acknowledge that, As a Outcome of of safety assurances, space limitations and environmental restrictions, having The Membership stay on the Johnson Property website Is simply not operationally or sensiblely possible.
“Truly, It’d significantly impede The Membership’s personal plans for future progress and facility enlargement. Understandably, the waterfront supplys solely Tons usable space.”
Hyslop reiterated, “In April of this yr, CCM and The Membership mutually agreed that having an adjoining and unbiased location the place The Membership might supply A selection of paddle sport packages on Little Lake would permit each organizations to synergistically thrive and develop.
“It is unfortunate, and We’re disapleveled for The Membership, thOn They’ve not managed to safe various preparations For his or her operations since we final spoke with them in April 2021.
“However, we, Just like the Membership, should work intently with our companion, The City of Peterborough, To understand the goals and imaginative and prescient Which will finally contrihowevere to a vibrant group waterfront.”
On Monday, Stewart said he concurs it was a mutual choice To look for A mannequin new location however that was after the museum declined PCKC’s cas quickly aspt of a joint boathouse.
He said their talks have been by no means acrimonious nor did he advocate the museum bumped them out of the park as a headline said.
“What I level outd is we have been shifting to accommodate the enlargement of the canoe museum onto that website,” Stewart said.
“We had talked A few joint boathouse and That did not work for the canoe museum and we agreed We’d work with the metropolis To Search out one other website. At no time did I level out, A minimal of I didn’t assume I did, that we have been spurned.”
Hyslop said the museum is a foundational companion and supporter of the club.
“We applaud all organizations that current alternatives For people to study and expertise The Fantastic factor about paddling in all its types.”