New Public Space in Downtown Oliver is Moving Forward
Government of Canada contributes towards developing Oliver’s Station Street Plaza. See New Release for Details
The Town of Oliver underwent an exciting design process to create a new Public Plaza and Community Hub at the old RV campground between the River and Station Street. Three Plaza Precinct Design Concepts were introduced. Feedback was collected and Downtown Advisory Committee shared their preferred concept. View the Survey Results (PDF).
In 2020, Council adopted Option B as the preferred design option and in 2021 staff applied for a grant to the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF). The Town was successful in obtaining a grant of $599,000 and the outdoor plaza is anticipated to commence in the Fall of 2022.
How does the Plaza and Community Hub fit into the big picture?
As a key connection point between the larger recreational trail network and the Downtown retail/commercial street network, this site has the potential to become a catalyst for future development partnerships for vacant lots along Station Street and nearby areas.
The Plaza will be an inviting outdoor place for all community members, and visitors alike, used for everyday activities such as playing, eating, drinking, socializing, and hanging out.
The design and program of the Plaza can help create a vibrant, inviting and identifiable community destination contributing to the sustainability of Oliver’s social and economic health. A pavilion structure and small food kiosks have been proposed within the conceptual designs with the idea they would contribute to the success of the “Hub”, by providing affordable spaces for local enterprises and community groups and help activate this area throughout the different times of day and seasons.
This space could also be used to host programmed community events, farmer’s markets, art and cultural meetups and special festivals.
Read more from the public open house.
Please contact the Town at 250-485-6250 if you have any questions or would like more information.