News Release #2022-07: Downtown Landscape Revitalization Project Update

For Immediate Release
#2022-07
May 24, 2022

SMITHERS – The landscape revitalization project along Main Street is well underway. While it is sad to see the Main Street that many of us grew up with getting torn down rest assured, the end result will be beautiful. The new Main Street landscaping will include: 26 benches, 10 more garbage-recycling combined bins, 88 staked trees, 29 deciduous, 15 coniferous, 753 shrubs, 734 perennial flowers, and all new irrigation in the planter areas.

The contractor, Lyon’s Landscaping, is currently working to remove the existing landscaping features and preparing for the installation of the new curbs and retaining walls that will outline new planting areas. This work is currently proceeding slightly slower than originally hoped due to complications with the irrigation system along Main Street, we are still confident that the majority of the work requiring road closures can be completed by early July and we greatly appreciate everyone’s patience while work on this exciting project moves forward.

Work to revitalize our Main Street will proceed along Main Street two blocks at a time and those active blocks will be closed to vehicle traffic to facilitate a quick construction process. Work will take place Monday to Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with occasional extended hours, the majority of the work to be completed mid August. All sidewalks will remain open for the duration of the project, however some parking spaces will need to be closed at times even when Main Street is open to vehicle traffic. All sidewalks will remain open for people looking to access businesses along Main Street.

The Town of Smithers has received numerous requests from members of the public for items from along Main Street, such as trees or concrete planters, please note that these items are being recycled and will not be given away or sold. 

While construction is ongoing, please do not toss your garbage in the old round garbage bins. Green drums have been placed along Main Street for use as temporary garbage bins, as well as the 3 new garbage-recycling bins that were installed previously.

The Town of Smithers will be in continuous communication with the contractor, Lyon’s Landscaping, and will keep the public and downtown businesses updated throughout the project. We are looking forward to seeing the transformation of Main Street and thank you in advance for your patience as the temporary disturbance takes place for the long-term gain of an even more beautiful downtown core.

News Release #2022-07 PDF

For further information contact:

Development Services Department
Phone: 250-847-1600