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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.

  • City awarded $375,000 from Federal Government’s Canada Community Revitalization Fund for new play space in Galt Gardens

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    The City of Lethbridge has been successful in securing $375,000 in grant funding through the Government of Canada’s Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) to construct a new Inclusive and Accessible Play Space in Galt Gardens that will add to community vibrancy and the vitality of downtown by fostering active, social, educational, inclusive and accessible play opportunities.


    The CCRF is a two-year $500 million national infrastructure program meant to support communities across the country with projects that revitalize downtown cores and main streets, reinvent outdoor spaces, create green infrastructure and address accessibility of community space. PrairiesCan is administering the CCRF in Alberta.

    Leveraging the exciting synergies created between Casa, Rotary Fountain, 3 Avenue Reconstruction, Festival Square, and the pending SAAG expansion; the play space will act as a catalyst to attract residents and tourists to the core, support local shopping, enhance children’s programming of the adjacent Southern Alberta Art Gallery and Casa, and address a notable gap in recreation and play opportunities within a 10-minute walking distance of Downtown Lethbridge.

    The project has an approved budget of $500,000 – 75 per cent of which ($375,000) is being funded by the CCRF grant. Lethbridge City Council approved the additional 25 per cent ($125,000) within Urban Core Public Realm Enhancements D-20 in the 2022-2031 Capital Improvement Program.

    “This addition to a concentrated nucleus of redevelopment and vibrancy we are developing in the heart of Downtown Lethbridge is a great step forward to helping the public perception,” says Andrew Malcolm, Urban Revitalization Manager. “Galt Gardens is the ‘Central Park’ of Lethbridge and is the primary downtown festival and events park in the city. We are thrilled for this funding to help provide a new daily use option that will bring enjoyment and fun to this important downtown park.”

    “Our government is making investments that transform public infrastructure into modern gathering places for residents and visitors of all ages through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund,” said the Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister for PrairiesCan. “Today’s support to revitalize Galt Gardens in Lethbridge will help create an inclusive and accessible community space where everyone can gather and enjoy outdoor activities.”

    “Parks and public spaces across Alberta communities bring people together, attract visitors to downtown cores and help support countless small businesses,” said the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance. “Today’s investment in Galt Gardens will help support recovery in Lethbridge by creating more jobs and provide opportunities for residents and visitors to benefit from the local businesses and attractions that are at the heart of this community.”

    A community advisory committee, which includes representation from the Heart of Our City Committee, the Downtown BRZ, Casa, SAAG, Lethbridge Plays, and the Rotary Club of Lethbridge, have been consulted for initial design ideas. Detailed design is underway, to be then followed by construction this summer and fall, with an opening date of Spring 2023.

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  • Re-Imagine Downtown Activation Grants poised for busy 2022

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    Downtown Lethbridge is ready to host the return of several events this year – as well as set the stage and opportunity for a slate of new activation initiatives.

    Through a combination of Re-Imagine Downtown Activation initiatives approved in fall 2021, and those to be approved in the coming weeks through the grant’s latest intake period, 2022 is shaping up to be a busy time for events Downtown.

    The total funding available for the Re-Imagine Downtown Activation Grant in 2022 is up to $150,000. Applications are eligible for up to $25,000, with funding provided through the Downtown Redevelopment Fund. The current intake period of applications has been extended until April 22 to give more time for those interested to get their applications submitted.

    The Re-Imagine Downtown Activation Grant originated in 2021 through the Heart of Our City Committee (HOCC) re-imagining the former Activity Grant program in order to enhance vibrancy Downtown in the context of pandemic and post-pandemic realities. The funding aims to support businesses, entrepreneurs, organizations and community-minded individuals in implementing initiatives, events, and/or programs that seek to activate vacant, underutilized and under programmed private and public spaces and places within Downtown Lethbridge.

    “As we saw with the launch of Re-Imagine in 2021, there are several great projects that can happen with the right support in place,” says Andrew Malcolm, Urban Revitalization Manager. “During intake 2, we received 15 applications with funding requests totaling in excess of $250,000. Although we did not have adequate funds to meet the demand, this is a great sign for overall interest in the future of Downtown Lethbridge.”

    “We are thrilled at the continued interest this program has received and we look forward to more events in 2022,” says HOCC Chair Lorien Johansen.

    Through the evaluative process in this second intake of applications, the review panel and the HOCC prioritized grant funding based on the criteria identified in the application package, with several projects partially or fully funded including:

    • NineBar Indoor Skate Facility and Summer Downtown Pop-Up Skate Park - $25,000
      • Transformation of an existing vacant downtown space into an indoor space for youth to skateboard, which will provide a year-round, safe space for them to exercise and find community. Additionally, a pop-up skate parks in specified locations downtown with movable features during the summer months.
    • Horses in the Park - $15,000
      • The Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association will bring therapeutic horses to Galt Gardens to provide the benefits of quine facilitated wellness therapies in the core and to create an environment through interaction with horses for vulnerable people to connect meaningfully with existing medical and social service providers working to address issues of homelessness, addiction and mental health.
    • Lethbridge Pride Festival 2022 - $8,000
      • To be held in June 2022 to engage not only the 2SLGBTQIA+ but Lethbridge and surrounding areas in celebration.
    • Word on the Street Festival - $8,000
      • An outdoor literary event comprised of author readings for kids, teens and adults, workshops and panels, live music and activities, and exhibitor marketplace, in a street fair setting
    • Hootenanny! - $8,000
      • A free outdoor theatrical production for all ages presented in downtown Lethbridge at Galt Gardens throughout July. Hootenanny’s productions include diverse theatrical styles such as clown, puppetry, and physical theatre and embraces themes of inclusivity and diversity. This year’s production's themes will centre around Indigenous ways of knowing and environmental awareness.
    • ARTcade - $5,638
      • The ARTcade concept is meant to bring the interest and joy of everyone’s favourite midway and arcade games to Lethbridge’s downtown. ‘Scaled-up’ versions of classic games like skee ball and plinko will bring interest and curiosity to the downtown, including the outside spaces around CASA and local businesses.
    • Jazz & Blues 2022 Event Series - $5,000
      • Lethbridge Jazz Society is hosting local and national artists in a series of live events in downtown Lethbridge, across a variety of venues.

    Applications are eligible for up to $25,000 with the Re-Imagine Downtown Activation Grant. The third of four intakes has been extended to remain open until April 22 at 4 p.m. The HOCC encourages all unsuccessful applicants to reach out to City administration with any questions, concerns, and/or to receive individualized feedback on their application. They are encouraged to reapply in the next intakes. More information is here.

  • Festival Square, 3 Avenue construction set for final construction phases

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    The last development phases of Festival Square, as well as the 3 Avenue South Reconstruction Project between 4 Street and 8 Street in Downtown Lethbridge, are ready to begin starting next week.

    With a target completion date and planned grand opening for both projects in June, weather and supply issues permitting, residents will soon be able to celebrate the completion of these significant new designs. The remaining work includes completion of the Festival Square plaza, the 6 Street intersection at 3 Avenue, concrete crosswalks on 3 Avenue at 5 Street and 7 Street, coloured crosswalk paint at 7 Street, as well as 4 Street intersection curb extensions, line markings and landscaping on the west side of the intersection.

    Work will begin on Tuesday, April 5, weather permitting, with the crosswalks at 7 Street. Following this work will be the 6 Street intersection and the Festival Square Plaza. At these stages, 6 Street will again be closed to vehicle through traffic. Turnarounds will be in place but there will be the ability to exit through the laneways, as they will remain open in order to ease traffic movement concerns. Third Avenue will remain open and parking will still be available nearby.

    Motorists are advised to drive with caution in this area and follow posted detours. Businesses in the area have received additional correspondence.

    The new Festival Square Market Plaza will be a versatile, active and engaging public space for people and the local businesses in the area. The main draw will be its offering as a year-round permanent market space with supporting infrastructure to support local producers, artisans, and craftspeople a place to sell their wares year-round. The project includes an interactive stage, entry signs, decorative column lighting, programmable lighting and site furniture, as well as water/wastewater servicing and lane rehab.

    In July 2021, Lethbridge City Council voted 6-3 to proceed with a revised plan for Municipal Stimulus Program (MSP) funded projects which include the $1.71 million Festival Square Market Plaza, allowing Festival Square to proceed – without any City funding – to ensure that the project is delivered as an economic catalyst for downtown. The revised completion date will not impact the grant funding. Full background here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/NewsCentre/Pages/Council-greenlights-revisions-to-Municipal-Stimulus-Program-projects.aspx

  • Businesses can benefit from new Downtown parking payment option

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    Businesses in Downtown Lethbridge now have a way to better serve their customers as the City of Lethbridge is introducing a new and convenient option to pay for their customers’ parking without having to use the app or leave their desk, work station or appointment.

    The new “Business Add Time to Plate” program will allow businesses to create an account with the City of Lethbridge and have parking time loaded into their account – and then the business can distribute those minutes to cover the costs of parking for their customers.

    By providing another user-friendly option in addition to coins, credit cards, parking cards and the WayToPark app, the goal is to make paying for parking as simple as possible.

    The payment process for the Business Add Time to Plate” will happen in real time – so when the business pays for the customer’s parking, that information is immediately sent to the enforcement officers to prevent a violation from being issued.

    Interested business can contact 311 to reach the Transportation department to learn more. A City representative will set up an appointment and come to them to assist with account creation and payment collection.

  • Festival Square Market Plaza - Construction Update (Dec 2021)

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    Festival Square Construction Paused for Winter

    Once concrete work is completed this week at Festival Square on 6 Street South, just off 3 Avenue, construction on the project will cease until the spring.

    The portion of 6 Street between 3 Avenue and 4 Avenue is still closed to vehicle traffic, as the new concrete needs time to cure. It is anticipated that this stretch of road, as well as the adjacent laneway, will temporarily reopen by early January until construction can resume in the spring.

    Construction fencing will be moved from the road and laneway but will remain around the plaza component.

    With a June 2022 target date for construction completion, as well as a potential grand opening, the new Festival Square Market Plaza will be a versatile, active and engaging public space for people and the local businesses in the area. The main draw will be its offering as a year-round permanent market space with supporting infrastructure to support local producers, artisans, and craftspeople a place to sell their wares year-round. The project includes an interactive stage, entry signs, decorative column lighting, programmable lighting and site furniture, as well as water/wastewater servicing and lane rehab.

    More information here: https://getinvolvedlethbridge.ca/ourdowntown

    In July 2021, Lethbridge City Council voted 6-3 to proceed with a revised plan for Municipal Stimulus Program (MSP) funded projects which include the $1.71 million Festival Square Market Plaza, allowing Festival Square to proceed – without any City funding – to ensure that the project is delivered as an economic catalyst for downtown. The revised completion date will not impact the grant funding.

    Full background here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/NewsCentre/Pages/Council-greenlights-revisions-to-Municipal-Stimulus-Program-projects.aspx

    Third Avenue South between 4 Street and 8 Street in Downtown Lethbridge recently re-opened to vehicle traffic. That Reconstruction Project is nearing overall completion, with some minor work remaining to be done in spring 2022.

    Motorists are advised to drive with caution in this area and follow posted detours.

    Construction Photos


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  • Second Intake for Re-imagine Downtown Activation Grants Still Open

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    With $90,000 supporting 11 initiatives during the first intake this past summer, including music festivals and business recruitment projects, the Re-Imagine Downtown Activation Grant program got off to a successful start in 2021.

    As the Heart of Our City Committee (HOCC) continues to be proactive with Downtown vibrancy, there is still time for more as autumn has set in. The total remaining funding for the second intake of the Re-Imagine Downtown Activation Grant in 2021 is $60,000, with applications eligible for up to $25,000.

    Announced in late May, the grant money aims to support businesses, entrepreneurs, organizations and community-minded individuals in implementing initiatives, events, and/or programs that seek to activate vacant, underutilized and under programmed private and public spaces and places within Downtown Lethbridge.

    Funding is provided through the Downtown Redevelopment Fund’s unutilized contributions to the previous HOCC Activity Grant, which was temporarily suspended in 2020 with the continual changes to public health restrictions severely impacting the ability to plan for events and festivals in the Downtown – which support vibrancy, safety and economic stimulus for local businesses.

    “The first 11 initiatives collectively provided a great boost to our Downtown through the summer months,” says HOCC Chair, Lorien Johansen. “We look forward to seeing more creative ideas to safely encourage people back into the vacant and underutilized spaces of Downtown.”

    The second intake of new grant applications was set to close on October 1, but has been extended to November 1 at 4 p.m. Applications will be evaluated and awarded by the HOCC and all successful applicants will be required to meet and adapt to applicable COVID-19 restrictions in effect at time of initiative.

    More information and the application form can be found here: lethbridge.ca/downtownincentives.

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  • First TRIP Recipient Six08 Health Changes Landscape

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    The City of Lethbridge is excited to celebrate the official grand opening for the first downtown redevelopment project accessing the Targeted Redevelopment Incentive Program (TRIP).

    With its $4.8 million redevelopment project at 608 5 Avenue South, Six08 Health (formerly East Meets West) is the first business to utilize the new municipal tax relief program. They opened at this location earlier this year.

    The City benefits from this program in that, once the short-term cancellation period is over, a far greater amount of taxes are received due to the increased value of the property. For the Six08 Health project, the City will receive an estimated $88,000 more in annual taxes than what was being received prior to construction. This is income that will be received every year following the seven-year cancellation period.

    “In addition to the additional long-term tax benefit to the City, this impactful capital investment has added 60 skilled jobs to the Downtown, including an addition of 30 for the new location (formerly located at WT Hill). This will bring more people, more activity and more vitality to the Downtown and we are optimistic on the positive impact this type of investment will have on our city’s core,” says Andrew Malcolm, Urban Revitalization Manager.

    Six08 Health will bring together a multitude of health care professionals including massage, acupuncture, chiropractor, physiotherapy, naturopathic medicine, speech pathology, psychology, dental and dental hygiene, medical aesthetics, fitness, family & GI specialty medical, pharmacy, and supervised childcare. This unified team will have the common goal of providing optimal patient-centered care within a new state-of-the-art facility in downtown Lethbridge.

    “Downtown Lethbridge is growing in a positive direction and we are excited to be a part of it,” says Dr. Sean Hantke, Six08 Health’s Clinic Director. “Working with the City to make Six08 Health a big part of the revitalization efforts is line with our business’s positive and proactive approach.”

    TRIP is available for projects with a minimum construction value of $500,000. Encouraging redevelopment in the downtown will lead to greater property values and enhancements that will draw more activity to the downtown core. For more information on this and other downtown incentive programs visit www.lethbridge.ca/downtownincentives.

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  • Indigenous public art unveiled Downtown in Reconciliation community partnership initiative

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    Reconciliation, community partnership and public art have come together to provide a vibrant street front on 4 Avenue this week with the unveiling of a unique installation Downtown.

    The City of Lethbridge, through the Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee (RLAC), community partner TELUS, Heart of Our City Committee (HOC) and Public Art Committee put out a call for Indigenous artists to create artworks which reflect the theme of the 5th Annual Reconciliation Week: Voice and Representation. Artists Natoyihkii (Cheyenne McGinnis). and Nato’yi’kina’soyi (Hali Heavy Shield) were the successful applicants.

    “I really hope that my artwork instills pride and confidence to the youth trying to learn Blackfoot,” says artist Natoyihkii (McGinnis). “When applying to this opportunity I wanted to showcase the strength of women in our community and also showcase the language. With this brightly coloured piece, I hope it brings joy to the pedestrians of Lethbridge and helps them to learn a bit of the language.”

    Installed on the windows of the TELUS building downtown, the public art project is on full display for residents and visitors alike.

    "We are honoured to share this space in downtown Lethbridge to showcase Hali Heavy Shield and Cheyenne McGinnis’s art,” said Theresa Lynn, General Manager for Southern Alberta. “TELUS is committed to supporting the artistic practices of Indigenous Peoples, while being mindful of the historic role organizations have played in the misappropriation of Indigenous art and culture. As part of our Reconciliation journey we strive to create space to learn more about our shared history and commit to take action going forward.”

    "I want people to feel inspired and hopeful when they view my work,” says artist Nato’yi’kina’soyi (Heavy Shield). “We're living in wounded times, so it's more important than ever to make Blackfoot language and culture visible in the city."

    Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee Co-Chair, Treena Tallow, says she hopes the artwork’s vibrancy catches people’s attention and prompts questions and conversation in the community.

    “We’re thrilled to see both Hali and Cheyenne’s work on display and hope the community takes time to appreciate the meaning behind each piece,” says RLAC Co-Chair, Treena Tallow. “By having this beautiful artwork on such a public-facing space, we hope it sparks conversation about Reconciliation and brings focus to this year’s theme, voice and representation.”

    This initiative is one of many taking place across the city in order to advance the conversation around Truth and Reconciliation in our community. In addition to the ongoing work with MMIWG Recommendations and Work Plan, there are several upcoming City initiatives underway including the Indigenous Placemaking Strategy and Public Realm Audit, Indigenous Awareness Training Program for all City staff and Indigenous Cultural Centre (ICC) Governance and Operations Planning.

    Reconciliation Week 2021 will play host to a variety of opportunities for education and engagement under the theme of voice and recognition. There are both virtual and in-person events being held by many community organizations across the city. For more information on these events, head to Lethbridge.ca/indigenousrelations or to the RLAC Facebook page.

  • Festival Square Reconstruction Set to Begin on 6th Street South

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    Starting Tuesday, September 7, 6 Street South will be closed from the intersection at 3 Avenue to the laneway just south of the Downtown BRZ office as construction on Festival Square is set to begin.

    The laneway will remain open and there will be turnarounds in place on 6 Street and 3 Avenue. This project is going to be in progress for the next two to three months.

    Motorists are advised to drive with caution in this area and follow posted detours.

    In July, Lethbridge City Council voted 6-3 to proceed with a revised plan for Municipal Stimulus Program (MSP) funded projects which include the $1.71 million Festival Square Market Plaza, allowing Festival Square to proceed – without any City funding – to ensure that the project is delivered as an economic catalyst for downtown.

    The new Festival Square Market Plaza will include an interactive stage, entry signs, decorative column lighting, programmable lighting and site furniture, as well as water/wastewater servicing and lane rehab.

    Previous News Release: https://www.lethbridge.ca/NewsCentre/Pages/Council-greenlights-revisions-to-Municipal-Stimulus-Program-projects.aspx

    More information on the vision of the project and the process behind the development of the conceptual designs can be found at https://getinvolvedlethbridge.ca/6524/widgets/25788/documents/44706


  • 700 Block of 3 Avenue to re-open as Reconstruction Project Continues

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    The block of 3 Avenue South between 7 Street and 8 Street is set to re-open to vehicle traffic later today, Friday, July 16.

    This area is part of the 3 Avenue South Reconstruction Project between 4 Street and 8 Street in Downtown Lethbridge. Work has already started on the next project phase, between 4 Street and 5 Street – which is now closed. North-south traffic on 4 Street remains open at this stage, with a new, temporary three-way stop to be in place.

    Starting Monday, July 19, the intersection at 3 Avenue and 5 Street will be fully closed with temporary turnarounds in place.

    A full project completion date is targeted for Fall 2021. An art installation on the construction fencing is underway, which will give people something to come and take a look at during 3 Avenue construction.

    Background:

    As one of the oldest streets in Lethbridge, 3 Avenue South has always been a vital part of the community, once serving as the main east/west highway through the city. This project will not only provide important utility and infrastructure upgrades to the street but it will also enhance the aesthetics of 3 Avenue.

    Major enhancements began in 2020 to our downtown by installing reliable infrastructure and they will ultimately create a street that is a safe, lively, accessible and beautiful. When completed, 3 Avenue will boast Lethbridge's first streetscaped design. Streetscaping brings together all of the elements that will give 3 Avenue character and make it functional like lighting, seating, paving materials and plants/trees.

    Originating in the Public Realm and Transportation Study (PRATS) (2012), this project was approved by City Council in the current Capital Improvement Program with a total budget of just over $10 million. A full breakdown of funding sources can be found here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/living-here/Projects-Initiatives/Current-Projects/Pages/3AveReconstruction.aspx

    Extensive public and stakeholder engagement leading up to the launch of the project and will continue that through the duration of the construction to keep everyone update on progress. For more information on this project visit https://getinvolvedlethbridge.ca/third-avenue or stop by the project office at 616 3 Avenue South.


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