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Downtown Lethbridge

#OurDowntown is an opportunity to highlight and share information on the revitalization efforts in Downtown Lethbridge as well as an opportunity for the public to participate in an ongoing conversation by contributing with comments, questions, ideas, and suggestions on social media with#OurDowntown or by contributing to this Get Involved Lethbridge conversation as opportunities arise.

#OurDowntown is an opportunity to highlight and share information on the revitalization efforts in Downtown Lethbridge as well as an opportunity for the public to participate in an ongoing conversation by contributing with comments, questions, ideas, and suggestions on social media with#OurDowntown or by contributing to this Get Involved Lethbridge conversation as opportunities arise.

  • Refreshing Upgrades Coming to Downtown

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    Residents and businesses may notice work happening in the downtown over the course of the summer as enhancements are made to the public spaces. This 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. The objective of this project is to create vibrant, beautiful and accessible public spaces in the downtown while also improving overall functionality.

    Starting today, trees are being removed from the brick planters on the corner of 4 Ave and 6 St S in preparation for the replacement of both the planters and trees. There will also be additional tree removal happening at 5 Ave and 6 Street S.

    Planters are scheduled to be removed next week in several downtown locations. No road closures will be required for this work 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.

    These 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.

    For more information, visit: https://www.lethbridge.ca/living-here/Projects-Initiatives/Current-Projects/Pages/4-Avenue-Enhancements.aspx

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  • Heart of Our City Committee Creates New Virtual Activity Grant

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    Given the current restrictions in place to prevent public gatherings and promote physical distancing due to COVID-19, the Heart of Our City Committee (HOC) is opening up its pre-existing activity grant program with a new stream of grant funding to support virtual events. This new program will help support the events, artists and businesses who have found creative ways to continue promoting the vibrancy of Downtown Lethbridge during this unprecedented time.

    Each year, the HOC awards activity grants to provide funding support to organization delivering events that attract people, enhance vibrancy and create excitement in the downtown core. These grants were awarded in January of 2020 but the current public health crisis has impacted many of these planned events.

    “We’ve had grant recipients reach out to us saying they want to modify what they had planned given the situation as well as new inquiries around possibility of supporting new events or activities that will promote the downtown vibe,” says Dawn Leite, Chair of the Heart of Our City Committee. “We want to encourage this ingenuity and creativity and find ways we can still promote the downtown during these times. We also want to be flexible and accommodating with our partners who champion downtown and that’s what this new grant can do.”

    The new program will use activity grant funding available due to the cancelation or postponement of 2020 events. The maximum amount awarded through the new grant funding is $2,000 per event and grants greater than $500 require matching funding. Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis and as funding is limited, all applications meeting the eligibility may not be supported, or may not receive the full requested amount.

    In January, the Heart of Our City Committee announced grant funding for 21 events to be held in downtown Lethbridge over the next year totaling $126,000. Any recipients of the original activity grants who have questions or concerns about the possible postponement or cancellation of their events or ideas for virtual events should contact Andrew Malcolm, Urban Revitalization Manager for the City of Lethbridge at andrew.malcolm@lethbridge.ca.

    The Heart of Our City Committee is committed to the revitalization of Downtown Lethbridge and will continue to support this important work now and in the future when the downtown reopens to provide the vibrant activities, events, restaurants and shopping we know and love.

    For more information on eligibility and available funding visit: www.lethbridge.ca/HOCActivityGrant

    Media Contact:
    Dawn Leite, Heart of Our City Committee Chair
    Phone: 403-393-6859

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  • Celebrate Downtown By Nominating A Deserving Champion

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    The Heart of our City Committee (HOC) is excited to announce details for the Fifth Annual Celebrate Downtown Gala which recognizes the individuals, businesses, organizations and events who invest their time, ideas and capital into Lethbridge’s Downtown.

    Nominations are now open for awards in the following seven categories:

    • Unsung Hero Award: committed to taking care of the downtown community, often without recognition or praise.

    • Transformation Award: leading the transformation of downtown spaces, business and activities.

    • Innovator Award: takes risks and is not scared to challenge the status quo as they work to create, maintain, support and promote an exciting downtown.

    • From the Heart Award: social change agent, working to make downtown a welcoming place for all.

    • Event of the Year: event committed to creating a vibrant and inclusive downtown.

    • Volunteer of the Year: someone who freely gives up their time and energy to benefit downtown.

    • People’s Choice Award: overall downtown champion.

    Nominations open today and will remain open until April 3, 2020. The nomination date has been extended due to COVID-19 until Friday, May1 2020. The link to the nomination form can be found at Celebrate Downtown Nomination Form

    This year’s awards recipients will be recognized on Friday, May 1 at the Multicultural Centre (421 6 Avenue South) in a fun gala event that brings together downtown friends, neighbors, colleagues and community contributors to meet, mingle and network. THE CELEBRATE DOWNTOWN EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND A DATE LATER IN 2020 IS CURRENTLY BEING EXPLORED.

    For more information, visit the Celebrate Downtown Facebook Page at:

    www.facebook.com/celebratedowntownlethbridge.



  • City to support redevelopment of Post Office building

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    Following more than a year of behind the scenes planning, the City of Lethbridge is excited to see Sumus Property Group Ltd. starting an extensive modernization of the downtown Post Office building.

    While specific details are still to be finalized, the City of Lethbridge is committed to supporting the redevelopment through improvements to the public space surrounding the building. This includes the addition of a new cycling lane on 7 Street and a public art feature. Sumus Property Group Ltd and the City of Lethbridge will also establish a long-term agreement for parking in the downtown Park 'n' Ride facility and work together to access any available development grant incentives.

    The construction costs are projected to exceed $12 million, which would represent the biggest single private investment in the downtown in nearly 20 years. This comes just months after Six08 Health announced a major redevelopment on 5 Ave. S. Combined, these two projects amount to a nearly $17 million investment in downtown Lethbridge.

    "We are excited to be part of a joint commitment to revitalize and modernize the downtown Post Office as this project will breathe new life into our city's most iconic building," says Andrew Malcolm, City of Lethbridge, Urban Revitalization Manager. "This is another fantastic project that will bring more people, more activity and more vitality to the downtown."

    "When looking for real estate opportunities there is significant value in something non-replicable. The downtown Post building fits this description with its unique history and accessible location," says Kendal Hachkowski, Sumus Property Group Ltd. Managing Director. "In conjunction with our many partners, and a special thank you to the City of Lethbridge, the Post will be a new businesses hub for innovation, community and collaboration."

    Also known as the J.D. Higinbotham Building, the Post Office is designated a Provincial Historic Building. It was constructed in 1912-13 to the designs of Chief Architect David Ewart. The Post Office has always held significance because of its status as a civic landmark. The height, architectural detail and unique character of the domed clock tower make it one of the most prominent buildings in Lethbridge.

    For more information on events, activities and redevelopment incentives for downtown Lethbridge visit www.lethbridge.ca/downtown.


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  • Artists invited to think outside the (utility) box

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    The City of Lethbridge Public Art Program and the Heart of Our City committee are adding a splash of colour to the city centre by inviting local artists to share their talents in an unconventional way. Utility boxes located in Galt Gardens and at Casa will soon be wrapped in creativity as a way to increase the vibrancy of downtown Lethbridge.

    Artists will have the opportunity to design vinyl wraps that will cover six different utility boxes of a variety of sizes and shapes. This initial program will serve as a pilot project for a potential utility box wrapping/painting program throughout the city. The program will provide artists with an opportunity to create artworks which add interest to the streetscape of the downtown while creating a sense of place.

    These artworks are temporary with a life span of 3-5 years. The wrapping of utility boxes will not only improve the aesthetic of downtown but also lengthen the lifespan of the boxes and act as a graffiti deterrent.

    This competition is open to local artists of all ages, at all levels of their artistic practice. The City's Public Art Program and Heart of our City Committee of Council will fund the production of the artwork. Selected artists will receive $500 per utility box for their creations.

    Proposal submissions will be accepted until March 23 with final designs required by June 1, 2020. For more information on the submission and evaluation process visit: https://www.publicartlethbridge.ca/current-calls

    *image from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design

    Contact:
    Andrew Malcolm, Urban Revitalization Manager
    City of Lethbridge
    403-320-3926 | andrew.malcolm@lethbridge.ca

  • Heart of Our City Activity Grants Awarded To Downtown Events for 2020

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    The Heart of Our City Committee announced today that it has awarded $126,000 in Heart of Our City Activity Grants to 21 events to be held in the downtown in 2020.

    These events include a variety of music, arts and cultural festivals that will attract audiences and participants to downtown Lethbridge. Receiving funding are 14 multi-day events and 7 single-day events which will occur over a total of 117 days and are expected to attract more than 60,000 attendees to the downtown core.

    There are a number of popular events returning including: Arts Days, Lethbridge Electronic Music Festival, Downtown Farmers Market, Word on the Street, and Wide Skies, to name a few. There will also be two new events this year including: Lethbridge Living Film Festival and Lethbridge Community Art Hive. Grant amounts range from $1,000 to $10,000.

    “We’re pleased and proud to provide financial assistance on behalf of the City of Lethbridge to a really great array of events that will help achieve City Council’s goal of enhancing the vibrancy of our downtown,” says Dawn Leite, chair of the Heart of Our City Committee.

    The Heart of Our City Activity Grant provides funding support to help Lethbridge organizations host events that foster an exciting, vibrant downtown and attract audiences to the heart of our city.

    Details on the events receiving Activity Grant funding in 2020 are available at: www.lethbridge.ca/hocactivitygrant


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  • Downtown Revitalization Bolstered With New Clean and Safe Initiatives & Funding

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    Efforts to continue revitalizing the downtown have been given a boost in confidence from City Council today.

    Voting in favour of funding the Downtown Clean and Safe Strategy (DCSS) until 2022, Councillor Jeff Carlson says this will continue to aid in creating a positive downtown experience for residents, businesses and visitors alike and is an important step in maintaining a vibrant city.

    “The work that everyone involved in the strategy has done will now continue, and will help our community see that our downtown is still a great place to live, work and play,” says Carlson. “We want to build on this work and to continue providing services that benefit our businesses, residents and the city as a whole. I cannot express enough thanks to those members of our community who participated, and their dedication to the Heart of our City.”

    Local business owner and Downtown BRZ board member Hunter Heggie, says bolstering the efforts in addressing the perceptions of downtown will go a long way with business owners and gives him confidence moving into the next few years of business.

    “In making this decision today, City Council has shown they stand behind our businesses and they support what we do,” says Heggie. “The programs that address the safety of downtown do so much to boost the confidence of not just the businesses but those who visit and shop and take in all our downtown has to offer. The downtown business community are a resilient and hardy group and with this positive step forward it just goes to show that when we come together as a community, great things can happen and I thank City Council for showing their support in this way today.”

    Building on the existing initiatives of the DCSS which included the implementation of the Clean Sweep Program and the Diversion Outreach Team, the updated strategy looks to add a number of new initiatives including exploring a different approach to security and outreach in Galt Gardens. .

    “We know downtown is a wonderful place for our residents, businesses and visitors to experience the best our city has to offer,” said Spearman. “Continuing and expanding on the good work the clean and safe strategy has done to date shows we have confidence in our downtown and we support the businesses and people come to experience our city’s centre.”

    City Council voted to fund the proposed strategy for a total of just over $1.6 million. The funding is spread across three years and is being applied to 20 initiatives that focus specifically on creating a safe, clean and welcoming environment in the downtown.

    www.lethbridge.ca/downtowncleanandsafe

  • Downtown Lethbridge introduces Heart of the Holidays

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    Lethbridge, AB – Downtown is the heart of our city and this year, in support of the many great small businesses that call downtown home, it is also the heart of the holidays. Starting November 15, visitors will enjoy five weeks of events and activities including outdoor skating and business promotions highlighting the originality of downtown Lethbridge.

    Heart of the Holidays will replace the one-day Bright Lights Festival which has been a downtown holiday tradition for the last 18 years. By spreading events out over a longer period of time and providing more variety, this new holiday tradition hopes to attract more people to the downtown core.

    “The Bright Lights Festival has been great but it was just one night and it was very dependent on weather, says Ted Stilson, Executive Director of the Downtown Business Revitalization Zone. “Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens now has an amazing lights display for residents to enjoy so it was time to look at something different for the downtown. By switching things up and introducing a new event, we hope everyone will find something that will bring them downtown this holiday season.”

    Skating in festival square will be one of the main attractions as part of the Heart of the Holidays event. Festival square (the small parking area on 6St. S.) will be transformed into a skating rink for the week of November 15 - 24 and December 7 - 14. The Downtown BRZ, The Heart of our City Committee and Lethbridge Sports Council have partnered to bring the outdoor skating rink to the downtown. There will be synthetic ice (see attached photo) installed and maintained for the public to skate on free of charge. There will also be additional lighting and seating provided as well as treats for skaters to enjoy.

    “Over the years, something we’ve continually heard through community engagement is that residents would enjoy a place to go outdoor skating,” says Andrew Malcolm, City of Lethbridge Urban Revitalization Manager. “Our Lethbridge chinooks have always been a concern in maintaining ice but by having a synthetic ice surface, which we’ve borrowed from Lethbridge Sport Council, we now have a solution. We are really excited to offer this new opportunity for friends and family to meet downtown and enjoy skating together this holiday season.”

    Over the next several weeks, Heart of the Holidays will also introduce:

    • Selfies with Santa – find Santa downtown and take a selfie for a chance to win great prizes.

    • Downtown Holiday Market – November 23 at Casa. Shop local at this special market showcasing downtown Lethbridge businesses.

    • Plaid Days - Dec 6 & 7
      Shop local this holiday season and enjoy great deals from unique businesses. Catch a ride on a horse-drawn carriage while sipping hot chocolate then hop off for a skate at festival square.

    For more information on all of the exciting events happening for the year’s Heart of the Holidays in downtown Lethbridge visit: www.downtownlethbridge.com.
  • Downtown Featured at City's Community Conversation - Oct 23rd 3-7pm @ ATB Centre

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    The City of Lethbridge is hosting an open house on Wednesday October 23, inviting residents to learn about, and engage in, the development of our city.

    Wednesday, October 23, 2019 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    ATB Centre
    74 Mauretania Blvd. West (enter through the ice centre doors)

    There are a number of specific projects related to the Downtown that will be included in the event and the City's Urban Revitalization Manager will be on hand to discuss featured projects as well as overall strategic direction for the Downtown and core of the community.

    If you are/were unable to attend the project boards/information can be found in the following locations:

    - 3rd Avenue Reconstruction Project (https://getinvolvedlethbridge.ca/third-avenue)

    - Cycling Functional Planning Study (https://getinvolvedlethbridge.ca/Cycling-Master-Plan)

    - Parklet Pilot Program (https://getinvolvedlethbridge.ca/6524/documents/20117);

    - Proposed Increases to Parking Rates and Fines (https://getinvolvedlethbridge.ca/6524/documents/20118).


    This event will also include opportunities to learn about:

    • Legacy Park
    • Japanese Garden Pavilion
    • University Drive Twinning
    • Crossings Playground
    • Fire Station #5
    • Bicycle Bylaw
    • Play Charter
    • Metis Trail
    • Scenic Drive North
    • Transportation Safety Plan
    • Downtown
    • Utility Box Painting
    • Library Art Project
    • Parking Rates & Fines
    • Indigenous Cultural Centre
    • Waste & Recycling
    • Airport
    • Municipal Development Plan
    • 5 Avenue N/13th Street
    • Intersection Improvements
    • 3rd Avenue S Reconstruction
    • Stafford to Mayor Magrath Drive
    • Mobility/Accessibility Master Plan
    • Henderson Park Irrigation Replacement
    • Intelligent Community
    • Economic Development Lethbridge
    • Property Assessment

  • Applications Now Being Accepted for 2020 HOC Actvity Grant

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    Applications now being accepted for 2020 Heart of Our City Activity Grant

    The Heart of Our City Committee has completed a review of the Activity Grant to ensure the program is meeting its intended purpose as well as the needs of the organizations who look to utilize the grant to bring exciting events to the Downtown every year. The committee is excited to announce that following consultation with past applicants and an in-depth review, there are few changes to the program proposed for 2020 and that applications are new being accepted.

    The purpose of the Activity Grant is to provide funds to help Lethbridge organizations host festivals and events that create an exciting and vibrant downtown and attract audiences to the city centre.

    Events and festivals located in the Downtown core or in the Civic Common are eligible for up to $10,000 annually provided they are not already receiving funding from other City of Lethbridge sources. Grants greater than $1,000 are conditional on the applicant organization providing 50-per-cent matching funds. Applicants must be a not-for-profit or apply under the auspices of an affiliate or sponsoring organization with not-for-profit status.

    Heart of Our City Activity Grant applications will be accepted until November 29, 2019. Information and application forms are available at: www.lethbridge.ca/HOCactivitygrant.

    Applications will be evaluated by a grant review committee based on how the event or festival contributes to an exciting, animated, and vibrant experience in Downtown. Successful applicants will be notified of a grant decision as soon as possible after December November 11, 2019.

    Media Contacts:

    Andrew Malcolm

    Urban Revitalization Manager

    403-320-3926

    andrew.malcolm@lethbridge.ca


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