Councillors believe a £225,000 scheme to revamp Knottingley town centre will boost business in the town.
The project, which includes planting trees, new seating and paving, is being carried out on Hill Top.
It also includes new signs directing people to the railway station, town hall and the Knottingley Amphitheatre.
Knottingley Coun Graham Stokes said: “These works will bring a more pleasant atmosphere to the area and I think it will help the shops and businesses too.
“Hill Top is like a gateway to the town.
“It’s the first part of the town people get to see when they come in and this will make it look much better and welcoming.”
The works are part of the Knottingley and Ferrybridge Delivery Plan - which is a 20- year scheme to revamp and improve the area.
The plan also includes a new library and improvements to the A162 Ferrybridge bypass.
Coun Stokes added: “There’s quite a bit of privately owned land on Hill Top though and we’re hoping that people will make improvements to their own land too.
“I am sure these works will lead to a boost for the businesses on Hill Top because it will be a nicer place for people to visit.”
The scheme, which also includes replacing metal fencing close to the shops, is expected to be completed in the summer.
Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “These works will provide a much improved gateway into Knottingley and improve the area.”