The Town of Cochrane has some big plans for 2017. One of the major projects underway right now is the updated version of CHIMO the mascot. Cochrane’s Mayor Peter Politis says the town is trying to break a world record for the largest carved bear. They have a former resident currently carving the bear out of 1,000-year-old wood from B.C.
Along with the new mascot coming this Spring, the town is looking at creating a welcome sign that would be identical to the one in Toronto. Politis is hoping this could create some cross marketing opportunities with the city as they are on opposite ends of Young Street and will both have similar welcome signs that are all lit up and colourful.
Other projects the town is considering includes docks at the beach, splash pad possibilities and a ten year capital plan that looks at roads and prioritizing what needs to be done.
Politis also mentioned since the Polar Bear Habitat now has it’s charitable status, they’re seeking foundation support to offset the amount of municipal money that’s being put into it. The Mayor says if they’re able to alleviate some of the community commitment to the Habitat while maintaining the same benefits it has, that’s great news.