The Games Are Over….. Now What?
Prince George, B.C.- The 2015 Canada Winter Games are over, and the City is still awash in pride over how it hosted the two week event. But what will be the next step?
Mayor Lyn Hall has some ideas.
“I think we’ve created something here we need to build on.” says Mayor Hall. “Let’s pick out one particular thing, let’s look at the Plaza, entertainment and the opportunities there. It’s shown us we need to utilize that Plaza more, we need to bring those kinds of entertainment acts into Prince George, and we can do that.” He says when artists asked the audience in the Plaza how many were from Prince George, 80-90% of the thousands who were in attendance would make their voices heard, so clearly there is an appetite to have more of that kind of activity in the Plaza.
Up until the now, the Plaza usually only sees civic involvement and a party atmosphere when the Plaza is lit up for the Christmas season. Mayor Hall says with the City’s 100th Anniversary just days away (March 6th is the official date), there will be plenty of opportunity to use the Plaza as a public space for celebration over the course of the year “I think, what we saw downtown is something we want to try to replicate during the 100th Anniversary celebration.”
Mayor Hall says he will be sending a note of thanks to the City of Ft. St. John thanking them for stepping up to the plate when the weather in Prince George made it impossible to carry on with the long track speed skating events. “That was a contingency plan in the works, but they had to step up to the plate very quickly, and Ft.St. John is such a great community, that’s the way the North is.”
Most importantly, Hall says the two weeks will go a long way to telling a positive story about Prince George among visitors and locals as well , ” People are going to go away from here and talk about their experience, and every experience I’ve heard is positive, so now, you hope it flows from coast to coast to coast and that’s part of the huge legacy.”