The Downtown Moose Jaw Association (DMJA) has made a significant contribution to brightening up the city's downtown.
The association announced on Monday a $25,000 contribution towards the purchase of new winter lights for the downtown area of the city.
Geoff Anderson, Chair of the DMJA Board says that this contribution will go towards making sure Moose Jaw has the lightest and brightest downtown in western Canada.
“One of the visions that we have is the beautification of our downtown and we felt with the city’s contribution of $25,000 for lights this year, we would match that contribution,” says Anderson. “We know that we have many visitors to the City of Moose Jaw that really loves our downtown and anyway we can support our beautiful downtown we certainly want to do that.”
This one-time allocation will be added to the City of Moose Jaw’s annual Budget of $25,000 for the replacement of the city’s winter lights and decorations.
Lights purchased with these funds will be installed for the 2023-24 winter season. With these new lights, there isn’t a theme per se, but Anderson did mention that there was some thought put into it.
“I think what we’re trying to do is making sure that the colours match the areas. I know there isn’t going to be 100 per cent a theme but there will be an emphasis to make sure the lights flow and the image of our downtown makes sense.”
Anderson notes that this contribution to the new lights by the DMJA was made possible through several fundraisers in the past year.
“We had some exciting events this year between the Greek Night, and Christmas in Moose Jaw, along with various other initiatives like our Little Chicago Show & Shine that we held in September. We definitely raised quite a bit of funds and awareness this year on the Downtown Moose Jaw Association.”
Along with the events mentioned above the DMJA is continuing to evolve and has some other initiatives in mind that they are working towards.
Those initiatives include working with a local artist to create a Ukrainian sculpture, expanding their Kinsmen Kids Arts Tour, and adding more coloured benches downtown.
As well, they will be continuing on with their previous events such as Greek Night and the Little Chicago & Shine with the goal to continue to invest in Moose Jaw’s downtown area.
Incorporated in 2019, the Downtown Moose Jaw Association’s objective is to aid, stimulate, develop, and beautify the Moose Jaw Downtown Development Area.