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Committee proposing digital board on Canyon Street for Creston community complex

A digital message board on Canyon Street would increase awareness of events at the Creston and District Community Complex...
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The proposed location of a digital message board for the Creston and District Community Complex.

Events at the Creston and District Community Complex are going unnoticed, says a local committee, and a digital message board on Canyon Street would increase awareness.

Signe Miller and Nicole Nilsson are seeking input from user groups to present to the Creston Valley services committee (comprised of Creston Mayor Ron Toyota and Regional District of Central Kootenay area A, B and C directors) at its 10 a.m. Aug. 7 meeting.

Since the community complex’s expansion and renovation three years ago, there has been no signage whatsoever to list events.

“We used to have a board on the face of the rec centre, but, of course, that was only good if you were in the parking lot,” said Miller.

She has been told by people from out of town — and even some locals — that they have driven right past the Canyon Street-19th Avenue North intersection without realizing the community complex is even there.

RDCK funds are too limited to purchase the $20,000-$25,000 board, but Miller’s committee has already researched grants and found a non-profit organization willing to apply for one. The Town of Creston and the owner of the Kal Tire property have also been consulted, and the sign could go on either the tire shop’s property or a small strip of adjacent town land.

“All of that has been checked and looks promising,” said Miller.

If the local services committee approves the proposal, it would then make a recommendation the RDCK board must approve before any further progress can be made.

And if the project goes ahead, Miller is looking forward to passersby knowing what the community complex has to offer.

“It’s time to move up a step and bring people in off [the] main street,” said Miller.