Creston town council got its first look at a conceptual design for a “market park” at the Dec. 8 committee of the whole meeting.
The design, based on input from Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Creston, would create a permanent home for the Creston Valley Farmers’ Market at its present outdoor location on Cook Street.
Included in the design is space for 70 vendors, a vehicle ramp that would allow vendors better access to their spaces and a Ktunaxa First Nation museum park. Trees, green spaces, a small constructed wetland, an ethnobotanical garden and picnic areas would transform the space that extends from the east side of the chamber of commerce building to the former Sunset Seed Co. site west of Extra Foods.
When asked if there was a community in the province with a better design for its farmers’ market, Coun. Jen Comer, who also manages farmers’ market, smiled and said “No!”
“This is a conceptual design that needs more detailed work if council wishes to proceed,” town manager Lou Varela said.
With engineering details and cost estimates, the plan could be made ready so that the Town of Creston is able apply for grants as programs become available.
“I think this is an outstanding design,” Mayor Ron Toyota said on Friday. “It incorporates agri-tourism, local food availability, Ktunaxa history and culture, green space — everything that builds on what we are working toward.
“And the location makes it visible to people travelling through town, giving them another reason to stop and enjoy our community.”
The design, Varela said, accommodates the proposed move of Highway 3 traffic to Cook Street, which would make the market park even more visible to travellers.
The committee of the whole approved the design concept and it will now become part of discussions for the 2016 budget.