Grand Forks Projects & Initiatives
Downtown Beautification Program
In an effort to gather public input on Phase One of a Downtown Beautification Plan the City hosted an open house in March 2013. Public input helped the City determine priority areas and items that need attention in Grand Forks. The City focused on a small area of downtown for Phase One but will prioritize all feedback for future projects and Phase Two of the program.
Priority projects that were identified as most important are slotted to be complete by the end of September. Hanging Baskets and Planters, street cleaning, lights, landscape maintenance, garbage and recycle bins and seating are underway! This spring work on Third St. was undertaken with traffic calming measures installed and trees planted. Phase two will likely focus on the installation of benches, bike racks and lights.
Downtown Free WiFi
The City of Grand Forks, Grand Forks Credit Union, Community Futures Boundary and Grand Forks Rotary jointly purchased and created a free downtown wireless hot spot. There are currently 6 access points installed that connect through the Grand Forks Fiber Optic Network to the internet.
The Rotary Free WIFI zone covers the campground and city park area, as well as a good section of the downtown core area.The system uses outdoor Meraki (a division of Cisco) access points to provide these Gateways and Mesh connections. The 6 access points were connected during the week of August 5th and during the first week a total of 16GB of traffic and over 400 different devices have connected to the wireless network.
Water Awareness Program
The City of Grand Forks is seeking to provide area residents (approx. pop. 4,000) with a greater understanding of the need for water conservation. The purpose is to raise awareness about the need to conserve water and to provide informative and simple steps that area residents can take to conserve water.
The City of Grand Forks sources 100 per cent of its water needs for area residents from groundwater resources. Like many communities in southern British Columbia, Grand Forks faces drought and water supply issues during the hot summer months and very high energy consumption costs for pumping during high demand.
The City of Grand Forks recently adopted a new brand for the community. The new brand with the tag line “Settle Down” will be used to market and promote the community .The new logo is simple and reflects meanings and connotations associated with the community’s story. Its simple, rounded and furrowed lines reflect the valley and its agricultural roots; suggesting opportunity for growth.
City Council and the Economic Development Advisory Committee worked with Story & Co over a four month period to develop the brand. Community consultation was key in developing a brand that spoke to the values of the community. The City will utilize the new look on the majority of City documents, correspondence, publications and signage. A brand book featuring the new logo with various corresponding templates and usage guidelines had been developed and will provide a standard look for the City.
Grand Forks Wood Stove Buy Back Program
To access information with regard to the Regional District Woodstove Buy Back Program, please access the following website:
Wood Stove Exchange Coordinator: John Vere