Colchester Weekly News
Take a walk in downtown Truro and it would be difficult not to notice giant, blooming hanging baskets and newly planted flowers along Queen Street boulevards.
The stunning white walkways in the Riverside Park, winding past a gazebo and along the Salmon River, or the impressive stone signage at the entrance to Victoria Park that also garner attention.
Several groups in Truro have been working tirelessly during recent years to improve the downtown core; setting plans in motion to draw attention to the area.
On Monday, the Downtown Truro Partnership (DTP) received another boost. The organization was promised $30,772 from the province to be used for beautification projects.
The local group was one of 16 from across the province to receive financial assistance through the Tourism Development Investment Fund.
The province’s program is designed to help communities throughout Nova Scotia develop more competitive tourism products and services, attracting more visitors and offering memorable experiences to share with friends and family.
There have been a number of improvements to the downtown in recent years.
The DTP launched a façade improvement project in 2010 with support from both federal and provincial governments. More than $1 million was invested with several buildings in the downtown, receiving much-needed renovations and updating.
Another DTP initiative was the public space project which, when announced in Jan. 2011, was set to target six spots around town to be spruced up and revitalized.
The entrance to Victoria Park, greenspace improvements near the Truro Farmers’ Market at the corner of Young and Prince streets and Riverfront Park was constructed.
DTP officials were vague about how these newly announced funds would be used but said the group intends to “add to the work that has been completed by adding necessary and desired site furnishings, waste and recycling containers and planters where they are lacking.”
It is wonderful to see so much pride in the community and hopefully with ongoing efforts to beautify the area more businesses will be attracted to set up shop here, which will draw even greater traffic and benefit for the entire area.