Signage Welcomes All to Downtown
One of two signs erected to welcome folks to Downtown – photo 250News
Prince George, B.C. – Two new signs in the City of Prince George are in place to welcome those entering the downtown core.The signs, (one at Queensway and Upper Patricia, the other where 5th splits to 4th Ave) were made possible by a grant from the Northern Development Initiative Trust. The $40 thousand dollar cost of the signs was part of a quarter million dollar Placemaking Grant given to the City in 2015.
“We’ve been working on this concept as part of a larger Placemaking program” says Downtown Prince George Executive Director Colleen Van Mook.
Of course, there are more than the two entrances to the Downtown, and Van Mook says other sites may be considered in the future. “The two locations that we chose were, what we thought, would be very good unobstructed sight lines that you are entering our downtown and we were able to work with the City to put the signs in these locations and have the infrastructure that we needed for lighting and those kinds of things. We hope we can put more signs up in the future, but for now, these two locations seem to work for us.”
She says the signs are important to solidify the Downtown’s identity “We want to make sure people know there is a downtown and we are working to attract people to the downtown to live or to work or to shop. So we are realizing we have to be proud of our downtown and we are proud of our organization which supports the businesses downtown.”
The signs were created by Northern Capital Wood Products , and reflect the branding Downtown Prince George adopted prior to the 2015 Canada Winter Games. The signs feature an area where special event messages can be added.