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Centennial Park Festival Plaza Design

Project Overview

Help plan a new shared use space in Centennial Park!

The Project

Location of the future Festival Plaza

Location of the future Festival Plaza

The City of Fort St. John has retained a design consultant to work with local residents and stakeholders to help develop design concepts for Festival Plaza with construction in the summer of 2019.

This project aligns with the City’s Strategic Plan, Goal #5: to actualize downtown as a social, vibrant, livable hub as articulated in the Downtown Action Plan. Creation of the plaza will meet the strategic objectives to:

  • Create streets and gathering places with a people focus
  • Support redevelopment of vacant property
  • Make arts and culture central to the community

Once developed, the Festival Plaza will be home to many exciting activities such as:

  • Markets
  • Entertainment
  • Food vendors
  • City events
  • Social gatherings

We need your help to create design options for the Festival Plaza that reflect the desires of our community.

Get Involved!

Your input is essential to the success of this project! 

  1. Design Workshop: We have invited a wide range of arts groups, social agencies, and park users to participate in a design workshop, scheduled for Monday, November 19.
  2. Public Drop-in: Monday, November 19 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the North Peace Cultural Centre.
    All residents, local stakeholders and other interested people are invited to attend this public drop-in session to view the concepts created in the design workshop. Guests will meet with workshop facilitators and participants of the workshop to discuss and provide feedback on the initial design concepts for the Festival Plaza.
  3. Public Surveys: We will use online surveys to gather broader public input and feedback during stages of the project. Surveys will be promoted through www.fortstjohn.ca/letstalk, social media, and local online advertising. Hard copies of surveys will be available at City Hall, North Peace Leisure Pool, and the Fort St. John Visitor Centre.

Background

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 as the site to develop this gathering space to complement the redevelopment of Centennial Park and act as a gateway into Centennial Park from downtown. 

 

Latest News

March 11 Council Decision

At the March 11 Council Meeting, Council voted to delay the construction tendering process for the Festival Plaza until we find out if the City will receive a government grant that could cover over 73% of project costs. Continuing with construction tendering would have invalidated our grant application. We have been advised that the awarding of this grant will take place in the fall of 2019.

This delay in tendering will result in delayed construction, but work continues behind the scenes with production of the detailed engineering designs, a park signage plan, and we continue to look for additional funding sources. The project will be ready to tender as soon as we hear back on the grant.

For more information about the grant we applied for, visit Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.


 

Festival Plaza Project Update

On January 28, EDS Group and City staff will present one revised Festival Plaza site plan and two building concepts, as requested by City Council at the December 10 meeting. City Council will be asked to pick a preferred building concept to move forward with.

City staff recently submitted a grant application to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, with letters of support from the PRRD Areas C and D. If approved, this grant could cover a large portion of the project budget. 


 

Project update

On December 10, EDS Group and City staff brought a presentation to the Committee of the Whole meeting for City Council to review two Festival Plaza design concepts and ask for direction.

Council chose to proceed with Site Plan Option 1 and asked to see two building designs developed using steel with wood cladding as the building materials. EDS Group will present to City Council again in early 2019 with building design options. Once a building design is selected, detailed construction plans will be developed, followed by a tendering process to build the plaza.

EDS Group and City staff presenting at the December 10, Committee of the Whole open meeting

What’s Next?

On December 10, EDS Group and City staff will present design concepts to City Council and ask for feedback and direction. The design concepts were created with input from citizens during the stakeholder meetings, public drop-in event, and online surveys.

  • Click here to read a summary of the public input received so far.
  • To watch the Council Cast video streaming live, tune in at 1 pm, December 10 at www.fortstjohn.ca/council-cast. Or you watch an archived video of the Meeting after its over.
  • Watch the Committee of the Whole Meeting in person at City Hall, 1 pm December 10. Click here to see the published meeting agenda.

 

 

Take our Design Survey!

The Festival Plaza Design Survey (survey #2) is open. Take this quick survey to tell us which potential activities and design elements are important to you. 

Thanks to everyone who attended the Design Workshop and Public Drop-in on November 19. Here are a few pictures from the day.

Public Drop-in

Public Drop-in

Festival Plaza Design Workshop

Festival Plaza Design Workshop

 

 

Take our survey!

Public Drop-in: Monday, November 19 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the North Peace Cultural Centre.

The public drop-in for the design of a Festival Plaza in Centennial Park is approaching fast! We hope you can attend, but if you can’t, we have a quick survey for you which will help inform the designers. The survey is now closed.

 

Let’s Talk Festival Plaza Design

Help design a new shared public space in Centennial Park. The old visitor lot will be home to a new Festival Plaza.

Attend the Public Open House:
November 19, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, North peace Cultural Centre

Once developed, the Festival Plaza will be home to many exciting activities such as:

  • Markets
  • Entertainment
  • Food vendors
  • City events
  • Social gatherings

Find out more on the Let’s Talk website

Timeline

Get Involved

Help us design this community space! We are engaging with the community in multiple ways to ensure this project is a success. 

  1. Design Workshop: We have invited a wide range of arts groups, social agencies, and park users to participate in a design workshop, scheduled for Monday, November 19.
  2. Public Drop-in: Monday, November 19 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the North Peace Cultural Centre.
    All residents, local stakeholders and other interested people are invited to attend this public drop-in session to view the products of the design workshop. Guests will meet with workshop facilitators and participants of the workshop to discuss and provide feedback on the initial design concepts for the Festival Plaza.
  3. Public Surveys: We will use online surveys to gather broader public input and feedback during stages of the project. Surveys will be promoted through our www.fortstjohn.ca/letstalk, social media, and local online advertising. Hard copies of surveys will be available at City Hall, North Peace Leisure Pool, and the Fort St. John Visitor Centre.