People who attended Drumheller Town Council's regular meeting on Monday, January 22 got their first look at what downtown Drumheller might look like down the road.
The town's Economic Development Committee made a presentation that included artist's drawings of a central plaza at the intersection of 3 Avenue and Centre Street.
"The number one thing that the public asked for in any surveys or public forums that we've done is a gathering area," stated committee chair Summer Manca. "A downtown plaza beautifying the area so that there's some seating, some places to gather and enjoy the downtown area."
Public consultations began in July, 2017, but Manca said it became abundantly clear what's needed when the Festival of Lights drew hundreds of people downtown in November.
"That was just such a great community feeling; we just want to give a space where we can have all kinds of those type of events that we can gather and just be together as a community and celebrate our town," she remarked.
Other ideas included in the proposal were creating space for sidewalk patios and the use of temporary business venues such as SeaCans. One of the biggest concerns expressed was over parking.
"There's logistics and there's always lots of things to think about and put in place in preparation for that, but that's exactly why the support of council is so important," noted Manca. "We need all of their knowledge and their feedback and their support to move something forward."
The plan will be discussed at a future council meeting, but Manca thinks it's possible that at least some of the changes could happen this year.