Visitors to downtown Drumheller have a new place to park themselves, if not their vehicles.
Town crews have installed a number of Adirondack style chairs on the sidewalk near the corner of 3 Ave. and Centre St.
"The councilors and Darryl (Drohomerski) that went to the FCM saw them all over Halifax and thought they were pretty cool," reported Mayor Heather Colberg, referring to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual conference at the end of May. "Darryl ordered a few just to give it a shot and see how the response was. So far I've had great response."
The chairs were shown in a video presentation on June 18 to town council by Fred Makowecki, who also attended the Halifax conference and thought they were a great idea.
"The goal is trying to change the whole scope of the downtown and that's just another part of the puzzle, we want people to feel like they have a place to go," explained Colberg. "I went for a walk last night and saw some people on them and they said 'it's just amazing, they're so comfortable!"
The total cost of the Adirondack chairs, including their installation by town staff, is about $1,000 for ten of them.
"It's about creating an environment," stated Colberg. "The goal this summer is to have events downtown, to have the merchants stay open later, have activities going on and create an environment where our locals and visitors want to go."