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Festival Square Market Plaza officially opens in downtown Lethbridge – Lethbridge

With the snip of some outsized scissors and a giant crimson ribbon, Festival Square is formally able to host some downtown occasions.

Lighting Up Pageant Sq. is the primary occasion on the checklist. It’s a three-day occasion celebrating its completion.

Mayor Blaine Hyggen stated it’s been a very long time coming.

“It’s like, lastly,” laughed Hyggen. “We’re lastly right here, we’ve received this opening, we’ve heard about it for therefore lengthy.

“There was a lot infrastructure work that wanted to be executed as effectively, stuff that we don’t see, so all that wanted to be executed previous to what you see when out and about.”

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The $1.71-million plaza was solely funded by way of the province of Alberta’s Provincial Municipal Stimulus Program.

Andrew Malcom with the town stated tackling the venture throughout COVID-19 restrictions did deliver added challenges.

“Development by way of a pandemic, which was undoubtedly not straightforward, each by way of the venture staff, however clearly in addition to all the companies that needed to take care of the development complication points in addition to altering restrictions and what they needed to do with their enterprise.”

Regardless that development didn’t make issues straightforward, for the house owners of Analog Books, it was definitely worth the wait.

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“It was one of many greatest causes we selected to open on 6 Avenue and since we opened throughout the pandemic, we knew that popping out of it, we might have this to sit up for and it’s been an superior expertise for us,” stated Penny Warris, co-owner of the shop.

With the sq. now open, Warris added she is happy to see what it brings to an already buzzing avenue.

“I actually imagine that when individuals come downtown they’ll be like, ‘Wow, this has modified a lot.’ They may have a notion that issues went down throughout the pandemic, however on this avenue alone, six new companies have opened up,” Warris stated.

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The plaza contains an interactive stage, entry indicators and website furnishings.

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