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Posted: April 24, 2020

City Hall parkette space to be revitalized

The parkette space beside Cranbrook City Hall is set to get a much-needed facelift thanks to a $75,000 grant from the Columbia Basin Trust Community Outdoor Revitalization Grants and a partnership with the Cranbrook Chess Club and JCI Kootenay.

The parkette will feature upgraded gardens, attractive screening, a covered pavilion, benches, and new surfacing. Both the Cranbrook Chess Club and JCI Kootenay raised funds for the project, while securing donations from Kootenay Granite, Fabrite and Trikon Pre-Cast Products.

“The parkette space beside City Hall has been falling into disrepair the past number of years, and we’ve been wanting to upgrade the area however other priorities placed this project lower on the list,” said Chris New, Director of Community Services with the City of Cranbrook. “Two years ago, the Cranbrook Chess Club and JCI Kootenay representatives, met with us to discuss a possible project where they could donate park upgrades in the form of outdoor chess tables. The parkette space proved to be a perfect opportunity to provide a new opportunity for our residents, while upgrading and beautifying the space. With the financial support from Columbia Basin Trust, we can now deliver this project.”

Components of the project will begin in early May, with a final completion set for September 1.

Cranbrook is one of 11 communities around the basin sharing in nearly $2.5 million from the Columbia Basin Trust Community Outdoor Revitalization Grants. The grant provides municipalities, regional districts, and First Nations communities with up to $500,000 to create, restore or enhance outdoor multi-use spaces, and up to $10,000 for planning and design for First Nations communities and communities with populations under 5,000. Learn more at www.ourtrust.org/CORgrants.

The image provided by the city is an early draft concept drawing of the parkette, however several significant components of the project will now look quite different. This image is provided for general reference purposes.

City of Cranbrook


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