Recent Social Success Stories

City Of Duncan Craig Street Revitalization

Downtown Duncan has carved out a unique identity on Vancouver Island as a destination for specialty shopping, gourmet dining, community celebrations and a weekly farmers’ market. The Craig Street revitalization project included pavement restoration of Craig Street, design features intended to enhance the pedestrian experience including installation of widened sidewalks, bicycle racks, pedestrian refuges, enhanced vegetation, ornamental street lighting featuring public art and comfortable street furniture.

The revitalization project has created a more people-friendly downtown by adding accessibility features which provide a safer, more attractive pedestrian corridor encouraging physical activity, enhanced urban forestation with an expanded tree canopy and vegetation, plus the inclusion of energy efficient design components such as automated irrigation and underground wiring for street lighting. The Craig Street improvements have created an inviting public gathering place and a vital marketplace venue for local farmers and artisans to interact with visitors to Duncan.  The reworked design has allowed for a 25% expansion in the number of vendors at the farmers’ market and it has been a catalyst for further investment by local businesses to renovate and improve building facades in the downtown core. To learn more, visit http://www.islandcoastaltrust.ca/project/downtown-revitalization/city-duncan-craig-street-revitalization

Campbell River Downtown Revitalization

In the early 2000’s the Campbell River downtown faced important challenges in retaining its vitality and ability to attract customers, businesses and investment. As part of a larger revitalization effort, the Campbell River Spirit Square was built linking the downtown’s cultural amenities; the library, theatre and art gallery. A covered central stage with power and lighting capacity, surrounded by attractive concrete and cedar benches, was constructed to accommodate a variety of activities.

The Campbell River Spirit Square is now an inviting place for people to gather. Special events, such as concerts, festivals and community celebrations draw residents and visitors to the downtown core. The space also features a summer program of lunchtime and evening concerts drawing additional activity to the downtown area. To learn more, visit http://www.islandcoastaltrust.ca/project/campbell-river-downtown-revitalization