The Yukon Literacy Coalition will be running summer programs from Shipyards Park this year.
The coalition will be using the Pioneer Hotel 2 in the park for its Family Literacy Centre. The historic building was part of the Moccasin Flats squatter community until 2000. Since 2010, different organizations have used the building, but it has been empty since last fall.
The Family Literacy Centre runs from the Canada Games Centre.
But the coalition wants to have a summer outreach program in the building. Summer programs include children’s camps and special events that promote local history. The coalition already runs a summer reading tent during the weekly Fireweed Community Market. Children will be able to attend programs in Pioneer Hotel 2 while their parents shop at the market.
The coalition will be able to use the property from May 1 to Sept. 30. Whitehorse city council unanimously approved the lease on Monday night.
That’s not the only change coming downtown. City council unanimously approved installing nine four-hour parking meters in the parking lot at Main Street and Steele Street behind Scotiabank. Two of these spaces will be reserved for food vendors.