It was an interactive, yet informal evening Jan. 13, as Main Street Melfort and Cushing Terrell Architecture held an open house at the Melfort Legion. The purpose of the event was to open up discussion and gain feedback on what residents want to see for the downtown core. Attendance was strong, with a steady influx of people arriving to take part between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m. “We have seen and heard so much great input and unique ideas, enthusiastic people, business owners, families, a little bit of everything – which is exactly what we hoped to see,” said Kirby Hardwick, Program Coordinator for Main Street Melfort.
The event provided multiple methods of providing feedback, each with the idea of encouraging conversation and collaboration. The visioning wall provided an opportunity for guests to put ideas down for the future of Main Street onto sticky notes under pre-determined categories. Tables with large posters featuring representative imagery from across North America for Main Streets and downtowns were available for viewing, with each guest having access to a sheet of stickers. The images included everything from storefronts, landscaping, parking, sidewalks, lighting, pedestrian mobility, crosswalks, public spaces and furniture. The stickers are used as a method of informal voting on versions that people like most, Hardwick explained.
“The attendance has been fantastic, the interactive nature of the people that have come out is exactly what we need for events like this,” said Kieron Hunt of Cushing Terrell Architecture. The youth of Melfort were also included throughout the process, with Grade 6 students from all three schools taking part in a Family Feud style game earlier in the day in order to bring forward their ideas. A number of Grade 11 and 12 students from MUCC were also visited Jan. 14.
The firm will now begin going over the public’s feedback in order to make the next steps for the visioning plan. Representatives will be working on creating plans, renderings for street cross-sections, and building renderings. “As the firm hired for the visioning process, we provide an overall master plan that will include streetscape, building form, and public spaces.” Hunt said.
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