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We are planning improvements for downtown Grande Prairie!
Our downtown is full of unique shops, businesses, boutiques and local entertainment. It's the home of the annual Street Performers Festival, Canada Day and Santa Claus Parades, Farmers Market, Art Gallery and Live Theatre. It's a vibrant place to be.
The Downtown Infrastructure Assessment, Streetscape
Enhancement and Rehabilitation Project was designed to assess downtown’s aging
infrastructure and find new ways to enhance the downtown core. More
than 1,300 Grande Prairie residents participated in a consultation process that
was focused on creating a strategy to guide future growth.
The plan was approved by Council in April and
initial phased construction is scheduled to start in 2016. Here is the new vision
for downtown Grande Prairie!
As the metropolitan heart of the city, downtown Grande Prairie will be a modern reflection of urban spirit and cultural vitality. Through unique and adaptive urban design, the downtown streetscapes will attract growth and support year round activity, promoting a sense of civic pride.
The plan for downtown is focused on creating a vibrant
core that reflects the culture of Grande Prairie while supporting growth,
encouraging year-round activity and boosting civic pride. Citizens
expressed seven key elements they wanted to see in their downtown, all of which
are reflected in the plan: Urban,
Modern, Unique, Attractive, Walkable, Cultural and Active.
objectives raised in the consultation process and addressed in the plan
Identity – To enhance an active and vibrant
downtown destination that embraces the culture of Grande Prairie.
Mobility – To support the complete streets model,
emphasizing pedestrian accessibility, transit supportive design, convenient
parking, and opportunities for cycling infrastructure.
Safety – To achieve safety for pedestrians,
vehicles, and cyclists throughout the downtown enhancement area.
Urban Design – To establish a cohesive design
language through coordinated and complementary streetscape elements.
Economy – To enhance the economic vitality of
downtown by attracting a mix of businesses that serve a wide variety of people.
Landscape – To provide for sustainable landscape
treatments that complement the character of downtown streets and result in
their distinctive identity.
– To promote high
quality architecture and redevelopment opportunities.
Seasonality – To incorporate flexible design
solutions into the streetscape to accommodate a range of functions and
activities that can vary throughout the seasons.
Maintenance – To ensure ease of year round
maintenance through the use of appropriate streetscape materials.
The downtown plan will be implemented in phases with the first phase scheduled to commence in 2016.
An Urban Avenue focus on 100 Avenue will include a pedestrian-friendly focus with enhanced paving, urban planting zones, community
gathering spaces and mid-block crossings to enhance safety. On 101
Avenue, the Shared Festival focus will act as the cultural hub of
downtown, with a curbless streetscape and uniform paving to support pedestrian
downtown, a variety of elements including lighting fixtures, planters,
furniture, bike racks, signage and building materials will be used to create a
dynamic and inviting environment.
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