Rossland’s new downtown will officially open Oct. 27 with a celebration including a ribbon-cutting ceremony, live entertainment, kids activities, food and shopping.
“I’m looking forward to celebrating with our community and officially opening our sidewalks, paved roads, bump-outs and all the improvements we’ve been anticipating,” Mayor Greg Granstrom said. “With the project nearly complete, I hope that people will be encouraged to spend more time downtown and enjoy connecting with each other.”
Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Mary Polak called Rossland one of the province’s prettiest cities. “These improvements will make the city’s downtown even more inviting,” Polak said. “The Government of B.C. is proud to invest in projects like this, that help improve community infrastructure for families and make travel safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.”
Celebration events will take place from 12–4 p.m., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at approximately 2 p.m. on Columbia Avenue and a community photo that will follow shortly after in Harry Lefevre Square.
All community members are encouraged to join in this unique photo that will become a part of Rossland’s history.
Other activities will include: Kidzone with bouncy caterpillar and pumpkin decorating on Washington Street; Live music in Harry Lefevre Square; Community cake on Washington Street after ribbon-cutting; EZ Rock on location; RSS BBQ in Harry Lefevre Square; Participate in the Rossland Council for Arts and Culture community canvas.
“It’s great to see the completion of this project for our business community,” said Renee Clark, Rossland Chamber of Commerce executive director. “Rossland businesses are open and want people to know it’s time to rediscover our shops, restaurants and activities, and experience all that our new downtown has to offer.”
The Columbia/Washington Construction Project has been underway since May. As a result of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s $1.75-million commitment to resurfacing Columbia Avenue, the City of Rossland was able to replace the aging infrastructure along Washington Street and Columbia Avenue as part of the project.
This was a great opportunity to enhance the downtown and make it a functional, economic and social space for everyone.For more information, please visit the Chamber of Commerce website: rossland.com/home