A place to sit, chat and mingle in downtown Drumheller.
The Town of Drumheller has begun the first phase in revitalizing the downtown core. During visionary exercises that took place earlier this year involving multiple task-forces to provide feedback to the Town, it was determined that Drumheller requires more places to publicly gather. Therefore, the Town implemented Phase One of the Downtown Revitalization Project.
"The downtown plaza will be ready by Thursday (July 12)," explained Mayor Heather Colberg. "There will be planters, benches and tables. We're going to put lights on the trees down there. It's just a temporary area, it's a test project to see interactions between citizens, residents and tourists. It's a place where people can gather."
The planters will be installed at the intersection of Centre Street and the north side of 3 Ave to create a plaza type feel.
"Starting Thursday, Friday and Saturday we're going to have entertainment down there, antique and classic cars come through," she continued. "Basically, we're trying to create a vibe where citizens and visitors have a place to come and mingle."
This project will restrict traffic flow in the area, as it does close down one of several intersections within the downtown core.
"It's actually between the theater and the Emporium, then between the alley and the stop sign," Colberg said. "It's just that half-a-block, that's all that's going to be blocked off. It'll be nice where people can grab a pop or an ice cream, sit in the plaza and listen to music. (It will be nice to) just have a place where people can gather."
The test project is set to be ready for Thursday July 12.