Downtown Marysville revitalization funding approved
The City of Kimberley has received a grant from Columbia Basin Trust to support community space improvements in the Marysville Downtown District.
The $175,570 grant will support many upgrades in the area with the total project costing $214,000.
Most notable will be the addition of a public washroom facility to be placed at the Marysville Falls Ecopark.
The washroom will be open until 9 p.m. daily and will support visitors to the Falls, the Ecopark and shops and restaurants in the area. Lampposts along the business district will be replaced with brighter and more localized LED lighting creating a warmer and safer environment.
New benches will be available to encourage residents and visitors to utilize the space comfortably. Several bike racks will be placed in the area and new landscaping will increase beautification.
“Our vision for the community is that Kimberley is a unique mountain town that is highly valued by residents and visitors for its strong social networks, vibrant cultural scene, diverse local economy, exceptional recreational amenities, and a healthy natural environment. This project will support that vision,” said city chief administrative officer Scott Sommerville.
“In light of COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most important priorities that our city has is ensuring economic resiliency. These downtown Marysville enhancements will most certainly increase traffic in the area and help the businesses there to attract patrons after this difficult time.”
As with previous revitalization projects on the Platzl, the grant allows for business land and building owners in the Marysville Downtown District to apply to the city for matching grants for enhancements to their outdoor spaces.
Enhancements can include accessibility upgrades, façade improvements and landscaping. City staff will be reaching out to individual businesses in the area with details on those grants.
Those wishing to receive more information can email Pamela Walsh at [email protected](link sends e-mail).
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