The City of Grande Prairie is a growing community that is experiencing significant change, which has contributed to the need for a land use and development strategy in the downtown core. The Downtown Infrastructure Assessment, Streetscape Enhancement, and Rehabilitation Project sought to assess subsurface and surface infrastructure, provide upgrade and intensification recommendations, and propose streetscape enhancements for the downtown area.
Engagement for the Grande Prairie streetscape design project was structured into two parts. The first part revolved around workshops with Grande Prairie City Council and the Downtown Association to generate initial ideas and provide strategic direction for the project team. The second part involved broader public outreach to validate the design direction, provide decision makers with citizen feedback, and inform the final proposed design. This extensive community engagement process guided the urban design recommendations through a bottom-up approach. Council, stakeholder, and public feedback informed the streetscape vision, which led to the creation of intensification scenarios, downtown street enhancement recommendations, and a detailed streetscape kit of parts, all tied together by an overarching theme that reflects the best of Grande Prairie, while at the same time promoting its modernization and vitality.
On April 20, 2015, the Downtown Infrastructure Assessment, Streetscape Enhancement, and Rehabilitation Project Final Recommendation Report was approved by Council with the direction to proceed with Phasing Option 2, which focuses on the 101st Avenue Shared Festival Street.
Canadian Institute of Planners 2016 Award for Planning Excellence Merit (Urban Design)
Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada