City of Canyon Taking Steps For New Downtown Master Plan

The City of Canyon is one step closer to a bright future for Downtown.

City Officials say they have hired Freese & Nichols, an engineering, planning and consulting firm, to help develop the Downtown Master Plan.

“We had five excellent firms that were interested in developing our plan and after our committee’s evaluation and interviews with the City Commission, Freese & Nichols came out on
top “said Jon Behrens, Canyon Assistant City Manager.

The firm said they would like Downtown Canyon to become the first-place people think of when they want to start a small business in Canyon, and a first-choice location for dining and entertainment for residents of the entire Panhandle.

Chance Sparks, Freese & Nichols Project Manager stated: “We are excited to work in Canyon because we see it on the edge of becoming something truly great! This area already has some great things going on, but you can almost feel additional energy ready to bubble up. It has a great history, a story to share and so many assets to leverage to strengthen its’ sense of place”.

The Plan will include concepts related to improving traffic patterns, improving pedestrian mobility, replacing aging infrastructure, and suggested funding methods.

Initial project meetings will kick off in February and will work with business owners on the square, city staff, community leaders and residents as they develop ideas related to improving this area.