By Marcia Love
The Maple Creek Main Street Program is being applauded for its contributions to the preservation of heritage buildings in the community.
The town’s Main Street Program has earned the Lieutenant Governor Award through the Architectural Heritage Society of Saskatchewan for commitment to heritage conservation.
Each year the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan Heritage Architecture Excellence Awards are presented to encourage and acknowledge excellence in conserving heritage. The awards are provided in seven categories: conservation; rehabilitation; adaptive re-use; sympathetic new construction; landscape and other contextual works; signage, monuments and interpretation; and long-term stewardship of a heritage property.
The Maple Creek Main Street Program was recognized for “showing multifaceted leadership” in the category of stewardship.
The Town of Maple Creek was acknowledged for embracing the Main Street Program when it was still a pilot project, involving businesses, residents and non-profit organizations in the endeavour to rejuvenate the town.
The project was “undertaken with sensitivity and patience, not making changes in the face of resistance, but slowly changing attitudes and developing new alliances by demonstrating benefits and celebrating successes,” leading to benefits such as economic development, environmental sustainability and improved quality of life for the community.
Main Street Program co-ordinator Royce Pettyjohn noted this is the first Lieutenant Governor’s Award the town has earned, but it won two awards in 2012 through the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards, one for heritage conservation.
The awards presentation will be made in Regina June 9.