By Jensen, Randy on May 9, 2020.
Residents and businesses will notice work taking place in the downtown core over the summer as enhancements are made to the public spaces.
The project is part of the City’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and includes the installation of parklets (seasonal patio spaces) and replacement of street furniture, planters, banners as well as trees and grates. According to a release from the City the objective of the project is to create vibrant, beautiful and accessible public spaces in the downtown while also improving overall functionality.
Work began Wednesday with trees are being removed from the brick planters on the corner of 4 Avenue and 6 Street South in preparation for the replacement of both the planters and trees. There will also be additional tree removal happening at 5 Avenue and 6 Street South.
Planters are scheduled to be removed next week in several downtown locations. No road closures will be required, but parking stalls will be blocked off and fencing will be up in these area to ensure the safety of both worker and the public. The planter replacements are expected to be installed in June with new trees being added in a later phase of the project.
The improvements are being made as part of the Public Realm Enhancement project and are in alignment with the Heart of Our City Master Plan, Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan, and the City’s Public Realm and Transportation Study.
Initiatives in the project began in 2018 and are anticipated to be full completed in the summer/fall of 2021.