Market Park

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About

Market Park is a public space nestled between Highway 3 and the Canadian Pacific Railway, spanning from the Creston Valley Grain Elevators to the Pealow's Independent Grocery Store.

Creston has a vision to transform this underutilized brownfield site into something spectacular – Market Park. The mission of Market Park is to create a permanent venue that emphasizes Creston’s history, landscape, and beauty. The visionary public space will introduce green space, provide a permanent home for the Creston Valley Farmers’ Market, celebrate the heritage and culture of the Lower Kootenay Band and Yaqan Nukiy people, encompass recreational features, and serve as a social and multi-modal transportation hub for the community.


Community Consultation and Public Support

The Official Community Plan (2017) features Market Park as a foundational component of the Community Vision. Consultation began in 2014 and included RDCK Electoral Areas, Yaqan Nukiy, local businesses, and the general public. In-person consultation included over 500 individuals of all age groups and backgrounds. The Market Park project was shown to have widespread community support. The Town of Creston’s 2017 Official Community Plan (OCP) features Market Park as a foundational cornerstone of the community – it is mentioned 43 times in our OCP!

The community's goal for Market Park is to provide a multi-purpose community hub that will generate new business opportunities for vendors of the Farmers’ Market, create direct spillover revenue for nearby businesses, and recirculate these dollars into the larger business community. These impacts are anticipated to accelerate economic recovery, stimulate business growth, create jobs, increase tourism, and improve the economic resilience of the entire Creston Valley.

Creston citizens directed the Town of Creston to “Establish the future Market Park as the heart of downtown and as a central gathering place for the Creston Valley...”


Market Park is a recognized community priority – help us make it a reality. Click HERE to find out more.


About

Market Park is a public space nestled between Highway 3 and the Canadian Pacific Railway, spanning from the Creston Valley Grain Elevators to the Pealow's Independent Grocery Store.

Creston has a vision to transform this underutilized brownfield site into something spectacular – Market Park. The mission of Market Park is to create a permanent venue that emphasizes Creston’s history, landscape, and beauty. The visionary public space will introduce green space, provide a permanent home for the Creston Valley Farmers’ Market, celebrate the heritage and culture of the Lower Kootenay Band and Yaqan Nukiy people, encompass recreational features, and serve as a social and multi-modal transportation hub for the community.


Community Consultation and Public Support

The Official Community Plan (2017) features Market Park as a foundational component of the Community Vision. Consultation began in 2014 and included RDCK Electoral Areas, Yaqan Nukiy, local businesses, and the general public. In-person consultation included over 500 individuals of all age groups and backgrounds. The Market Park project was shown to have widespread community support. The Town of Creston’s 2017 Official Community Plan (OCP) features Market Park as a foundational cornerstone of the community – it is mentioned 43 times in our OCP!

The community's goal for Market Park is to provide a multi-purpose community hub that will generate new business opportunities for vendors of the Farmers’ Market, create direct spillover revenue for nearby businesses, and recirculate these dollars into the larger business community. These impacts are anticipated to accelerate economic recovery, stimulate business growth, create jobs, increase tourism, and improve the economic resilience of the entire Creston Valley.

Creston citizens directed the Town of Creston to “Establish the future Market Park as the heart of downtown and as a central gathering place for the Creston Valley...”


Market Park is a recognized community priority – help us make it a reality. Click HERE to find out more.

  • Getting Involved

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    Market Park is a BIG undertaking, which means local groups and stakeholders have several opportunities to get involved. Some projects that the community can get involved in include:

    • Covered Patio
    • Picnic Areas
    • Washrooms
    • Trails
    • Art
    • Seating
    • Vegetation/Landscaping
    • Financial Contributions
  • Market Park Site History

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    This brownfield site took on many roles throughout Creston’s history to economically support a growing community. In the early 1900s, C.O. Rogers established a sawmill on a portion of the site which eventually became Crestbrook Forest Industries Ltd. The mill operated for many years but eventually closed its doors in 1991. In 1939, the Creston Reclamation Company established the Sunset Seed Company and elevator to process and ship seed crops being grown in the neighbouring valley bottom. In 2008, a fire destroyed the iconic elevator, which was never rebuilt. Since the late 1900s, most of the site was also home to Creston Building Supplies Ltd., followed by Beaver Lumber and then Home Hardware. In 2009, Home Hardware relocated, leaving a vacant brownfield site behind. Today, the site is seasonally occupied by the Creston Farmers’ Market.

  • Grant History

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    In 2017, we estimated that the total project cost for Market Park would be approximately $3.7 million, and that the project can be completed in phases. The Town of Creston has consistently applied for grants for this project over the years as it is primarily grant-dependent – that is, we would not be able to proceed without receipt of significant grant funding. This year, we have been successful in obtaining partial funding for this project and are so excited to break ground this spring!

Page last updated: 18 Aug 2022, 11:49 AM