Maple Ridge wants to keep up the momentum of making the downtown core vibrant.
The District of Maple Ridge formed a Vibrant Downtown Task Force a year ago to address issues in the downtown core in a "holistic and collaborative manner," according to a staff report to Maple Ridge council.
The group includes local businesses, social service agencies, and community members, and they are addressing four areas: information, community building, environment, and sustainability.
The task force brought its recommendations to council on Monday.
Some of the community building ideas were a night market on 227th Street, a dog park in the downtown area, more benches and tables, encouraging businesses to have outdoor seating, and more play facilities in Memorial Peace Park.
Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin said, while there are still some "pockets that need work," things like the downtown incentive program have been successful.
"We need to build on the successes... keep up the momentum," Daykin said.
The task force's recommendations come back to council with estimated costs during the budget planning process this fall.
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