Blackfald’s community plaza, scheduled to open in the fall, now has a name — Border Paving Plaza.
“Over the past number of years, outdoor gatherings and events have been steadily growing in participation and popularity in Blackfalds, so it’s very exciting that we are moving forward with the Border Paving Plaza project that will serve to be a focal point for many of these exciting events,” said Mayor Jamie Hoover in a statement.
“Along with completing the Eagle Builder Centre and the road realignment, this outdoor plaza will quickly become a central point of pride in our always improving community.”
Construction will begin this spring, in conjunction with the Gregg Street Realignment project.
Located east of the Eagle Builders Centre and south of the existing parking lot, the plaza will be a four-season gathering place for markets, festivals, performances, and other community events.
The 24,000-square-foot space will feature a decorative stained concrete deck, stairs and ramps, landscape features, and a natural gas fire pit.
The budget for the plaza’s is $668,000, and 75 per cent of the cost was approved through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund. Sponsorships, including Border Paving Ltd, DB Bobcat Services, STEP Energy, Stantec, and ATCO gas, will cover the remaining cost.
Amanda Stasiuk, Border Paving’s community outreach co-ordinator, said that the company is looking forward to the development and the continued partnership with the town.
“Once again, we are very excited to be a part of Blackfalds’ commitment to public gatherings and community-minded development. Donations like this are part of our long-standing commitment to the communities we are part of,” Stasiuk said.
Town council approved the naming sponsorship at the March 22 regular council meeting.