New Brunswick

Sussex embarks on landscaping project

The town of Sussex is embarking on a $2-million landscape project designed to get more people into its downtown.

Planners hope to attract more people to the downtown

Sussex is embarking on a $2-million landscape project designed to get more people into its downtown.

Jim Sackville, a landscape architect and urban designer in the town, said the plan is to rebuild an eroded creek that runs between Main Street and the area next to the town's arena, where most big events, such as the balloon festival and giant flea market are held.

Once the stream is restored, planners want to add a footbridge to better connect visitors to restaurants and shops, he said.

"We will get a stable stream bed, deal with all the erosion, and will end up with a wonderful linear park and trail system that we can integrate into the downtown and integrate across the river into the 8th hussars park where we have all the festivals and events."

The designs also include adding landscaping and a park near the footbridge, which would be large enough to host music festivals and other events, said Sackville.

"Then there's a long linear system of trails that link further downstream and upstream in the community. We could see this as having beach space," he said.

Work on the creek is expected to start in June of 2013.