City to discuss future of Horizon Stage with Parkland School Division

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The City of Spruce Grove is not giving up on the Horizon Stage.

That’s a message relayed by Spruce Grove mayor Stuart Houston in a recent press release, after an article in the Examiner/Reporter about Parkland School Division’s three-year capital plan and questions surrounding its future.

Last month, the city learned of discussions by the Parkland School Division Board of Trustees that related to the future of Spruce Grove Composite High School. The school is currently home to Horizon Stage. During a regular board meeting on March 2, the school board discussed a modernization or replacement for Spruce Grove Composite High School as part of their three-year capital plan.

“Horizon Stage has been an important cultural component of our community,” said Spruce Grove mayor Stuart Houston. “At this time, it’s too early to speculate what a modernization or replacement of the high school will mean for the facility, but I want to assure patrons, performers, user groups, and residents that we will be working with the school division and evaluating all of the options that may be possible.”


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The press release noted concerns that the city does have about what that could mean for the future of Horizon Stage and pointed out that the city is committed to having conversations with Parkland School Division throughout the decision making process. It also said it was important to remember the very early stage in the process and that no firm decisions have been made at this time.

Horizon Stage has been closed to the public since March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and related provincial restrictions and public health orders pertaining to indoor gatherings and gathering sizes.

“We recognize the impact the pandemic and the related restrictions, have had on live performing arts opportunities and events,” said Houston. “As a City, we are choosing to take this opportunity to review how we deliver culture programming and utilize cultural assets in the best way possible. We care about the future of culture in Spruce Grove and will continue exploring options with our community as well as our regional partners,” explained Houston.

Messages to the Horizon Players Association for comment, were not immediately returned.

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