The District of Squamish is looking to create a downtown task force to help transform the community’s heart.
Last April the municipality endorsed its Downtown Transformation Initiative, a cluster of actions aimed at revitalizing the area. On Tuesday (Dec. 17), district staff unveiled the next steps during a Committee of the Whole meeting.
District staff presented one vision, three goals and 16 projects to pump life into downtown Squamish. The 2014 to-do list included a redesign of Squamish’s entrance and creating a pilot street-closure program on Winnipeg Street, between Cleveland and Second avenues, to open up the roadway to food vendors on Friday evenings through to Sunday afternoons.
To lead the charge, council suggested staff examine the formation of a task force. Coun. Patricia Heintzman suggested municipal officials draft terms of reference for the organization and include a small budget.
The group should have leeway to make decisions without running back to council for approval at every turn, Heintzman added.
“What I am hoping is people will start to take ownership of this,” she said.
The Downtown Transformation Strategy long-term goals include building a cultural pathway through downtown, which would incorporate Squamish Nation, public art, the environment and recreation. It also outlines designing and building a downtown bike lane network.
For more information visit www.squamish.ca/heart.