Cumberland Village Square

Village of Cumberland

Sources of Funding
BC Spirit Square Grant:$54,450
In Kind Contributions:$24,775
Total Budget: $108,900
Quick Facts: 

There is always action in the Square which enlivens Dunsmuir street and adjacent busineses.The commercial businesses enjoy the further pedestral draw of the Square.

The Village of Cumberland has an attractive and historic downtown area, however a study identified the need for a central public gathering space to bring the community together and attract more businesses to the downtown area.

An undeveloped, Village owned property, located between the Old Post Office and the famous Cumberland Bakery, provided a perfect location less than two blocks from most of the village amenities and businesses. The project set out to create a flexible gathering and performance space. Paving stones and landscaping features were used to create an attractive public gathering area. A raised paved area with broad, shallow steps provides an informal stage, and seating is readily available on benches, picnic tables, steps and retaining walls. Painted murals on adjacent walls depict the history of the village and provide a bright, welcoming atmosphere.

Creating an inviting Village Square has encouraged more community events and pedestrian traffic, attracting more new businesses to locate in the historic downtown core. The square, completed in November 2010, has provided the Village with a key amenity to host cultural and musical performances, public markets and other seasonal events, building a thriving cultural centre for the community. This thriving cultural scene has attracted an increasing number of new residents, professionals and small businesses to the area, particularly those in the desirable 25-40 age demographic.


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