Smaller towns across Canada and the United States were once known for having ‘gateway’ archways over main thoroughfares of the community, and White Rock has plans to revive that concept by building its own.
The City of White Rock is currently in the process of choosing the design for an archway that will soar nearly three storeys above Johnston Road near its intersection with North Bluff Road.
Such a sign that stretches over the roadway between the Royal Place and Scotiabank buildings is expected to cost approximately $1 million.
All designs considered so far have giant letters that read the city’s name, and one of the latest designs that was seriously considered in a City Council meeting on Monday featured lighthouse-like lights mounted atop of the support pillars. This is consistent with the municipal government’s “Our City by the Sea” brand.
It is all part of the 2011 approved Town Centre Urban Design Plan to create a welcoming entrance into the city.
Here are some of the other designs that were considered: