DHBC Strategic Plan 2019-2022: Downtown Placemaking

DHBC will champion best practices in Downtown planning, design, management, and utilization of public spaces that inspire continuing and increasing vibrancy in Downtown Halifax.

Strengthen beautification efforts.

  1. Open Grant
  2. Mural Grant
  3. Façade Lighting Grant
  4. Creation of a Mural Grant jury and launch of the new grant program
  5. Relaunch Façade Lighting Grant with enhanced guidelines
  6. Manage graffiti clean-up
  7. Seasonal decorations, e.g. Christmas wreaths
  8. Manage Banner Program
  9. Supervise poster kiosk monthly maintenance

Increase event attendance.

  1. Seek changes to provincial liquor laws (work with Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality, and event organizers)
  2. Sponsorship of events (through an application process)
  3. Established sponsorships (e.g. The Chronicle Herald Parade of Lights, I Love Local HFX’s Open City and City Harvest)
  4. Sponsorship activation (e.g. Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon, The Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights, The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, and other)
  5. DHBC public events
  6. Ongoing Argyle Street events/activations
  7. Clean Sweep volunteer clean-up
  8. Virtual reality video tour of Downtown Halifax

Advocate for and inform the development, maintenance, and activation of new and existing public spaces.

  1. Supervise Downtown Halifax Crew (May-August)
  2. Manage painted picnic tables program
  3. Tunes at Noon outdoor summer music series in Grand Parade (July-August)
  4. Expand and implement Cornwallis Park holiday lights installation (November-January)
  5. Extend length of Cornwallis Park holiday lights installation
  6. Work with HRM on usage and activation plan of key public spaces