A city hall committee is asking council to approve spending $34-million towards culture-related infrastructure.
Among the proposals is just over $8-million for a panda enclosure, which is expected to be ready for the four pandas that will make their way from Toronto to Calgary in 2018.
The pandas will be here for five years.
The zoo says while the pandas are the rock stars, as their attraction can help focus attention on other endangered species.
When the black and white bears are gone, orangutans will move into the space.
As well, the bulk of the money, $24-million over three years, is going to the modernization of the Centennial Planetarium, which will be home to an art gallery and be leased out to other arts and culture groups.
The planetarium was the city’s official centennial project in 1967.
It has been vacant since the Science Centre moved out and needs significant renovation to meet building codes.