Artist Chosen for Centennial Stage Redesign in High River’s George Lane Park


High River, AB: John Greg Ball has been selected as the artist who will redesign the Centennial Stage in George Lane Memorial Park and has been awarded the $2,500 prize.

Medicine_Tree_Meeting_PlaceThe winning design was selected from two finalists through a public voting process and final approval by an advisory panel consisting of representatives from The High River Rotary Club, Highwood Lions Club, The High River and District Recreation Board, the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee and the Town of High River.

“I am very excited, this is a special project for me as it provides an opportunity for me to design something for my home town,” says Ball. “George Lane Park is a rich, vibrant space and I spent my first 18 years growing up there.”

Ball is an industrial designer based in Calgary and is currently an instructor at SAIT Polytechnic. He also has a Bachelor of Industrial Design from the University of Alberta, and Master of Environmental Design from the University of Calgary.

“The intent behind this design was to amplify the experience of George Lane Park through the story of the Medicine Tree,” says Ball. “I remembered the story from school as a kid and how special it was to the town.”

Rotary International has committed $100,000 to redesign the stage which has deteriorated and needs to be replaced.

Medicine_Tree_Meeting_Place - night“The next steps are to finalize all of the detailed specifications of the design and then put out a request for proposal for a builder to come and finish the stage to these specifications,” says Tannas Webb, parks supervisor with the Town.

Once a builder has been selected, the Town expects that the new stage will be in place by fall 2015.

“We’d like to thank everyone who submitted a proposal and all of the people who voted for their favourite design in our survey,” adds Webb.

In March, local artists were invited to submit proposals for the redesign of the Centennial Stage in High River’s George Lane Memorial Park. The proposals were compiled by the advisory panel and submitted to the High River Rotary Club who then narrowed selections to two finalists.

The public was then given the opportunity to vote on their favourite of the two designs by taking the online survey or voting in person.

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