The Heart of Lacombe has earned the city recognition from the 2023 Community Planning Association of Alberta.
On Friday, the city revealed it was the winner of the association’s Community Achievement Award for the unique heart landmark, located downtown.
This award recognizes, celebrates and shares the success and work of an individual, team or organization whose creative ideas and work have positively contributed to community building and well-being anywhere in Alberta.
The Heart of Lacombe is a landmark in the city’s downtown created with the Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan (DARP) Committee. It is a year-round site that aims to capture a memorable experience of visiting Lacombe’s downtown by providing a frame for photos.
“The Heart of Lacombe has fast become the symbol of our downtown core,” said deputy mayor Thalia Hibbs.
“This project is a collaborative effort that has created a brand all our residents can be proud of. This award shows what is possible when our community works together.”
The heart’s creation resulted from months of collaboration and planning by the DARP Committee, the City of Lacombe said in a press release.
The landmark is designed for social media and illuminates when it’s dark outside for a distinctive look. The landmark installation prompted new way finding signs throughout the core, which use the new Heart of Lacombe branding.
The Heart of Lacombe is one of many projects led by the grassroots committee that aims to create initiatives with the downtown. The committee includes nine members encompassing a range of downtown building owners, entrepreneurs and residents.
For more details on DARP, visit lacombe.ca/DARP.