Town of Wolfville
Wolfville wants to reimagine its downtown.
Two full days of sessions called ‘Imagine Our Downtown’ allowed Ontario-based consultants to work with staff, town council and the community.
Over 100 people turned out for the first of two interactive community sessions, according to community development director Jen Boyd.
The sessions were held to collect ideas from the public for the downtown over the next decade.
Consultant Catherine Talbot told participants a growing population is one of the reasons for the study. She said at the initial public session emphasis was placed on sustainability, heritage values and making the downtown attractive.
Among the discussion at the second evening were possible improvements to the harbour and waterfront area and the development of two so-called east and west ‘gateway’ enhancements to the downtown.
Talbot said the gateways could be developed on Elm Avenue and adjacent to Willow Park.
Boyd told the Wolfville Business Development Corporation on June 18 that possible in-fill projects are being considered for Front Street, along with improvements to Clock Park.
An east-end realignment at Main Street and Willow Avenue will narrow the street and add a bike lane, she said.
Town council set up a task force in 1997 to examine downtown survival. In 2001, a consultant, Brenda Robertson, was hired. Four years later, a firm called Ekistics was asked to prepare a commercial development plan.
In 2009, downtown businesses received $200,000 in federal funding for commercial facelifts.