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City looking to revitalize downtown civic core

The City of Prince George is launching a plan to revitalize portions of the downtown core.

The Civic Core District Plan (CCDP) is a guide that defines the long-term vision for the municipal properties in the downtown area near the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre, according to a release from City Hall. It will have strategies, along with timelines, for how to enhance the area while also meeting needs of those who live and work in the community.

The plan will be driven by input from citizens and businesses as well as arts, sports, and recreation organizations. Workshops with user groups commenced in July and will continue through August.

The project goals are to:

  • Strengthen the local economy
  • Enhance the vibrancy of downtown
  • Provide amenities to enhance the quality of life of Prince George citizens

The plan area is limited to the municipal owned and operated properties surrounding City Hall, including: Kopar Memorial Arena, the Conference and Civic Centre, Canfor Leisure Pool, Prince George Public Library (Bob Harkins branch), Two Rivers Art Gallery and Civic Plaza.

There will be in-person sessions at the August 11 Foodie Fridays event in the Canada Games Plaza between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., with more sessions to come, where citizens can share their thoughts and ask questions. An online survey on the project will also run from August 11 – September 15.

Mayor Simon Yu said the plan is an important next step in updating and enhancing the facilities downtown.

“This has been a long time coming and I am interested to see what ideas our citizens come up with – be bold,” he said. “I would encourage as many people as possible to share their visions at one of the booths or via the online survey. Understanding what our citizens priorities are for the Civic Core and then using this information to develop a long-term, phased plan will help shape the future of Prince George.

“We want to create a plan that we can hand over to our future generations to make our city one of the greatest.”

More information on the CCDP can be found via the city website here.

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