Town provides updates on Okotoks Arts and Learning Campus project

November 4, 2020

The Town, joint-venture partner, Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools and project stakeholders Foothills School Division, Bow Valley College, the Okotoks Public Library and Community Futures Highwood, are pleased to share details about the Okotoks Arts and Learning Campus (OALC) project!

Construction is well-underway and an approximate timeline for the project milestones is as follows:

Winter 2020: exterior completed/interior construction begins
Summer 2021: campus interior complete/ready for opening
Fall 2021: existing library building renovations begin
Winter 2021: renovations complete for new Bow Valley College campus
Spring 2022 – opening Ethel Tucker Centennial Park and outdoor plaza

The vision for this project is inclusive of both the Town and stakeholders and guides the future of the project.

The Town of Okotoks fosters a culture of resiliency – where people, businesses, ideas and sense of community thrive. Grounded by the Sheep River valley and supported by thoughtful planning and design, a strong local economic and a vibrant civic culture, Okotoks offers exceptional quality of life at every stage of life. Respect for each other and the natural environment makes Okotoks home. The OALC supports the future growth and evolution of our community in a number of ways.

With key partnerships, Phase 1 of the development is focused on a number of shared commitments. Along with being a cornerstone for the enhancement of economic vitality in the downtown, the OALC will:

  • enable opportunities for local access to post-secondary education
  • support a flexible and evolving library experience
  • form a collaborative hub that links families, high school students and post-secondary learners to formal and informal learning
  • create seamless access to resources and supportive networks for businesses and entrepreneurs

In addition to providing vibrant education and learning spaces, the proximity to the pathway system and downtown, the campus invites opportunities for indoor and outdoor community events in the flexible plaza space, future playground, and Ethel Tucker park area. The OALC will be an invaluable asset that will form a vibrant hub for the community, and a cornerstone for education, culture and economic development for current and future generations.

This exciting and transformational project will increase vitality downtown and enhance the ability to offer post-secondary opportunities in the long-term. It will also create a strong anchor for this area and free-up potential tax generating commercial space along Elizabeth Street. 

By anchoring the downtown, the OALC project aligns with Council’s strategic directions and reflects the foundations established in the Economic Development Strategic Plan and the Roger Brooks Action Plan to achieve a vibrant space that strengthens the downtown. 

For more information, including new campus and plaza renderings, visit: