There is so much more to High River than being the ‘flood town’ – it’s time to stop using that old 'F word'!
We've come a long, long way in three short years and we will continue to Do It Better, Be Innovative and Dare to be Different.
Please join us in embracing some new 'F words' for our beautiful Town, because High River is Fantastic, Family-oriented, Friendly and FUN!
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High River now has a fresh new downtown complete with beautiful flowers and trees that line the pedestrian-friendly streetscapes. This rejuvenated core will provide the Town with a vital centre for creativity and entrepreneurship.
The new, expanded sidewalks and enhanced streetscapes create new spaces within the public realm that can be used and programmed for street performances, events, markets, and festivals.
The business community in High River is strong, since 2013, the Town experienced more than a 90% recovery rate and 155,000+ square feet of commercial/industrial development space has opened in High River. This includes a new Canadian Tire, Mark’s Work Warehouse, Peavey Mart, Subway, Tim Hortons, Mac’s, Esso and more! It has also been very exciting to see businesses return or expand such as Colossi’s, Carlson’s, Flys Etc., and the High River Library.
Below: Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival - Night Glow (takes place annually in September)
Below: River City Classics Show 'n' Shine (takes place annually in September)
High River has always had a cohesive and united community and that was strengthened after 2013. The Town continues to host and has expanded on its annual events and traditions, drawing residents together and attracting returning visitors.
High River is now the most well-protected town in Canada from flooding. To date, over $100 million has been invested in flood mitigation and protection for the community.
Parks and greenspaces have been revitalized and remediated throughout High River. In 2015 alone, 25 years’ worth of parks projects were completed.
We are using a “build it back better” mentality and looking for innovative ways to improve our town. This natural playground recently opened and is a first for High River. Children are encouraged to use imaginative and open-ended play while connecting with nature.
With the Town’s progressive Council at the helm, two new community gardens have been built in the southwest and northwest areas of High River. These are adding to the already existing and thriving garden in Sheppard Family Park. Residents who are interested in growing their own food can now do so by booking a plot. Council has also recently passed bylaws permitting backyard bees and chickens within Town limits creating sustainable food growth and production as well as an educational component for local youth and residents.