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Downtown Revitalization

In late 2023 and early 2024, our Economic Development Division surveyed area business owners and conducted input sessions to understand key challenges. The main issues identified were difficulties in attracting and retaining staff, and concerns about safety and community pride related to the condition of Front St. In response, the Municipality has committed to the following initiatives:
  • The Tourism Diversification Infrastructure Enhancement Study will guide Council on the most optimal recreational investments to improve resident satisfaction and attract visitors and residents.
  • HTFC Planning & Design has been contracted to design improvements to Front St. and Centennial Park based on community feedback and Crime Prevention through Environmental Design techniques.
  • The Municipality released an updated Community Improvement Plan with incentives for area business owners to support investments that enhance the Community Improvement Areas.
Read more about downtown related initiatives here. This survey was designed to obtain your feedback on HTFC Planning & Design's conceptual drawings for Front. St & Centennial Park.

Please review the drawings before beginning this survey. Thank you for contributing your vision for improvements to these areas!

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* 1. Which of the following best describes you?

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* 2. What is your overall impression of the conceptual designs proposed for Front St.?

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* 3. What is your overall impression of the conceptual changes proposed for Centennial Park?

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* 4. How important do you think cycling lanes are (to make downtown accessible to more residents, free up more parking and/or support climate action)?

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* 5. How important do you think pedestrian crosswalks are to maintain safety if these changes were implemented?

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* 6. Curb extensions or bump-outs are conceptualized to improve safety and increase space for landscaping and amenities. There are a high number of intersections and entrances along Front St. Curb extensions are used to signal to drivers that they are approaching a pedestrian area. How important do you think these would be to include in final designs?

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* 7. How important do you think trees and lanscaping are to make Front St. more aesthetically pleasing and/or to provide cooling during the warmer season?

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* 8. A number of recreational elements are included in the Centennial Park conceptual design to encourage multi-generational use all year long. Which elements did you find most appealing?

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* 9. Which elements do you find least appealing?

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* 10. Which singular change would you be most likely to use in Centennial Park?

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* 11. Would you make use of a new outdoor ice surface in Centennal Park?

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* 12. Are there any other physical changes you would like to see to Front St. that were not included in these designs? Please keep your responses focused on this project which is designing structural improvements to the Front St. and Centennial Park areas.

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* 13. How soon do you think Council should allocate budget to Front St. Enhancements? Please be aware that support from higher levels of government will also be required to implement these designs. Please select the response that best represents your perspective.

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