Centennial Park Festival Plaza
Start Date: Spring 2019
End Date: Fall 2020
Category: Facilities, Buildings & Parks
Budget: $3.27 million
In 2015, City Council approved the Downtown Action Plan, which listed 10 “Big Moves” to guide future development of central Fort St. John. We are excited to be moving ahead with Big Move #3 in the action plan – the development of a public plaza. The old visitor centre site, on the corner of 96 Avenue and 100 Street, has been selected to develop this gathering space.
This project will construct a flexible and adaptable structure where the community can go to enjoy arts and culture, public events, and community events while having surety around weather and amenities.
Through Fall 2018, the City of Fort St. John retained a design consultant to work with residents and stakeholders to help develop design concepts for the Festival Plaza.
In Spring 2019, Council directed staff to apply for the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, which if successful could provide a grant offsetting a significant portion of the costs.
The City of Fort St. John still has an open application for the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program grant for up to 73% of the project. Having said that, we are cognizant that this project is much needed in our community, and we are eager to begin construction. The City is in regular communication with the program administrators.
Jennifer Decker, Manager of Economic Development