Alternatives to church demolition

During recent weeks, some parishioners have learned that the closure of Assumption Church is not the only option to facilitate the expansion of Assumption School.

Original Proposal – The Lakeland Catholic School District indicated in February 2007 that a new school athletic field must be located on Assumption Church property. This proposal would result in the unnecessary demolition of Assumption Church because there are several other locations where a new running track and sports field can be located.

Compromise Solution – Assumption Church can be saved by locating the running track on the land to the south of the school and church. Instead of adding classrooms and educational space on the south side of Assumption School, there is ample room for expansion on the east side of the school. A bus loop entrance is located on 47th Avenue, which offers the same benefits as the original proposal. In this compromise solution, the needs of both Assumption Church and Assumption School are met.

Alternative Solution – The new athletic field can be located on land currently ownd by the City of Cold Lake instead of using only school and church land. Based on information received by some parishioners from City Hall, city land is available at no cost to the school district. This would increase the size of Assumption School property so it can more effectively expand its athletic facilities. One approach is to located the running track immediately to the west of Assumption School as shown by the map below. A ball diamond is relocated from city land to the land south of Assumption Church. This leaves sufficient space for school expansion, new parking lots and a bus loop.

The compromise and alternative solutions demonstrate that it is not necessary to demolish Assumption Church to help the needs of the students at Assumption School. More details about
the different alternatives can be found on the SaveAssumptionParish website along with several
maps.

The Moderator

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