Council and community partners celebrate opening of updated Columbus Park

The transformation of Columbus Park in Spruce Grove’s City Centre is now complete, creating a welcoming and open space that can be used for gathering and public events in all seasons.

City Council, together with members of the City Centre Business Association, officially marked the opening of the park with a ceremonial ribbon cutting on September 26.

The redevelopment of Columbus Park is part of the overall City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan (CCARP), which was approved by Council in 2020. This plan provides a framework for guiding the revitalization of the City Centre to create a vibrant, mixed-use space.

Located in the heart of the City Centre at the intersection of McLeod Avenue and Main Street, the updated Columbus Park has improved seating and shelter, new greenery and lighting, and a permanent stage.

“The redevelopment of Columbus Park is a key element in the overall revitalization of the City Centre and we are thrilled with the end result,” said Mayor Jeff Acker. “The new design and features of the park will truly make it a space that can accommodate a variety of needs and help bring people to our City Centre.”

Additional CCARP work currently underway is a streetscape revitalization project that will help create a safer, pedestrian focused environment by improving sidewalks and street crossings, adding street trees, landscaping, and places to gather.

The end result will be a dynamic, welcoming space and improved experience for those who walk, bike, drive, or use transit to access the area.

“I’d like to thank our residents and the business community for their ongoing support during this redevelopment work,” said Mayor Acker. “We truly appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we work towards our shared goal of creating a vibrant City Centre.”

Columbus Park has been in its current location in the City Centre since the late 1990s thanks to the support of the Knights of Columbus and other community supporters. Previously, the park was located on the opposite corner of the intersection.

Although Columbus Park is now open, there will be times when workers need to access the site to complete some final touches to the space. During these times, sections of the park may be temporarily fenced off for safety reasons.

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