A new initiative, Ontario Street: A Vibrant Spaces Project, will transform Ontario Street in front of City Hall into a ‘people-first’, pedestrian public space for two weekends this summer.
The City says this project will ‘highlight City Hall and the surrounding area, including the waterfront and Confederation Park, and provide a platform for engagement, cultural and recreational activities, and meaningful social interaction.’
A partnership between the recreation and leisure services department and the cultural services department – who lead one weekend of programming each – the events will take place on Friday, July 12 starting at 6pm and all day Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14; and Friday, Aug. 9 beginning at 6pm and all day Saturday, Aug. 10 and Sunday, Aug. 11.
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“The Ontario Street: Vibrant Spaces Project presents a new opportunity to engage and inspire residents and visitors through accessible and participatory, and responsive programming that strengthens community ties,” said Jaclyn Grimmon, manager, recreation programs, recreation & leisure services. “Through the creation of a new temporary public space, we are helping to foster healthy citizens and vibrant spaces, which is an important priority of our new council.”
Coinciding with this initiative, the City will install temporary seating space in front of City Hall in July that will remain throughout the summer.
“Good public spaces can build community, create bonds between neighbours, and establish a sense of belonging,” Danika Lochhead, manager, arts and sector development, cultural services said. “For two weekends this summer, we’re going to explore how creating and revitalizing public spaces through community engagement, public art, recreational activities that focus on play and adventure, and cultural events can foster a sense of community and create social, economic, environmental and cultural benefits.”
A complete schedule for those weekends will soon be available at the City of Kingston website.