The City of Grande Prairie is seeking feedback on design concepts for the proposed new city entrance features at the north and west gateway entrances to Grande Prairie.

Earlier this year, a survey and idea space were opened at engage.cityofgp.com to engage the community on what they love about the city and what they wanted to see reflected in the welcoming entrance feature. A total of 170 survey contributions and 96 idea contributions were gathered during this engagement.

Results of the feedback showed that people were majorly in favor of:

  • Representing our diverse economy
  • Featuring English only
  • Using three-dimensional or stand-alone text
  • Using a custom shape
  • Finishing the sign with a metallic or stonework finish
  • Including landscaping features
  • Including a lighting feature

Common design themes noted by participants included: swans, Muskoseepi Park sign stylization, Canadian diversity and inclusion, and a modern, fresh design.

Based on the feedback received, three design concepts have been created for community feedback. Using the idea space at engage.cityofgp.com/city-entrance-feature, residents can provide feedback on what they like or don't like about each concept. Results from this idea space will be used to modify the design concepts and to inform Council decision-making as they determine a final design.

The idea space is open until Wednesday, September 11. The City of Grande Prairie thanks everyone for contributing their ideas and feedback.

Background

The City of Grande Prairie is updating the “Welcome to Grande Prairie” signs to reflect the growing community. These signs are significant because they provide the first introduction and impression of our community to visitors, potential investors and future residents. Having an inviting sign boosts civic pride, makes our city more attractive and benefits our local community socially and economically.

Two locations being considered for new entrance features are the North and West gateway entrances to the City, for which there is $150,000 allocated under the City's capital budget. Both entrance features will be situated within the road right of way. Under the jurisdiction of Alberta Transportation, the size of the signs will be limited to 20 square meters and no taller than 4 meters in height.