Concept drawings of the Centennial Square revitalization in Sparwood. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Sparwood to review, vote on Centennial Square concept tomorrow

Community feedback can be made before 4 p.m. on Tuesday

The District of Sparwood is seeking public feedback on the revitalized Centennial Square.

Conceptual plans and a budget have been completed by urban design consulting firm Scatliff, Miller and Murray, with the project estimated to cost $6 million, with a start time of summer 2021.

Funding would come from $2.99 in borrowing, $1.86 million in grants, with $1.15 coming from reserves.

Final comments on the revitalization can be made to the Sparwood council before 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16 by emailing the district’s director of corporate services at lhannan@sparwood.ca.

The district council will review the proposed project, and vote on whether to proceed at the council meeting on Tuesday night, at 6 p.m.

The conceptual plan was developed with public consultation, and envisions the widening of sidewalks of Centennial Street and the closure of other streets in the square to promote pedestrian foot traffic, and allow more space for patios. Street access will remain for parking behind the dental clinic.

Generally, “pedestrian friendliness” has been increased in the square in order to encourage walking between the different commercial areas downtown.

The square itself is described as being designed to be more attractive and inviting, “for both events and just to visit, relax and enjoy being in Sparwood.”

A number of amenities will be added such as permanent raised planters, move-able tables, an interactive water feature for children and a central natural gas fire pit to allow residents to stay warm.

The Coal Miners Monument is retained, but moved to the southern end of the square, while a a new landmark tower will be added to the north east corner, “which can be seen from Aspen Drive to attract people to Centennial Square.”

There’s also space for a stage and a basketball area to the west, and the entire area can be closed off to traffic.

Across the street, the municipal hall has also been included with work done to improve accessibility, with some beautification also lined up.

The full conceptual plan is available to view on the District of Sparwood website.

The district council will review the plan, and vote on it at tomorrow’s council meeting, which can be viewed on zoom, or via the district’s Facebook page.

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Concept drawings of the Centennial Square revitalization in Sparwood. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

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