Rossland was a festive place Saturday, as local and area residents descended on the downtown core to celebrate the official grand re-opening of the city’s core.
A good-sized crowd gathered on Columbia Avenue despite the cool November air and overcast skies. Fire pits were brought in, and hot chocolate and barbecued food were close by to warm up any cold fingers or bellies.
It’s been awhile since Rossland has been able to celebrate in the area, since construction has been in full force for over six months. Events like Golden City Days have had to move uptown in order to avoid the ripped up streets and construction noise.
But all that noise felt like a long time ago Saturday, as local bands played in the newly finished Harry LeFevre Square and a historic photo was taken of everyone in attendance.
Of course the highlight was the local Cub Scouts cutting the official ribbon in front of the large crowd, attended by members of Rossland council and others.
“I think it’s a great sign that Rossland is moving ahead,” Rossland mayor Greg Granstrom said of the event. “We have a very positive attitude in town and I think the new downtown reflects that.”
Granstrom also noted all the people who came out.
“The turnout was excellent,” he said.
Afterwards, there was cake which featured a photo of Columbia Avenue in icing.
The mayor also noted that they wrapped up 26 weeks of Columbia Avenue Task Force meetings Monday. The task force provided weekly updates on the progress and upcoming schedule to the public.