City Alley Core of Upcoming Revitalization Efforts

Citizens invited to share ideas for Hunter, Simcoe streets pathway

Photo courtesy of Downtown Vibrancy Project.

Casting a brighter light on an alley in the city’s core is the focus of an upcoming discussion and ultimately the projected outcome for the pathway from Hunter Street to Simcoe Street.

Citizens can help pave the way for the future of the area by attending an upcoming event. The Downtown Vibrancy Project is gearing up for its third year and another project and invites the public to share its vision and ideas by attending the discussion from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 at Lett Architects Studio at 138 Simcoe St.

“Community feedback highlighted the alleyways as an area of downtown that require rejuvenation,” says Dawn Pond, Downtown Vibrancy and Depave Paradise project co-ordinator.

“This year we are proposing the revitalization of the Hunter Street to Simcoe Street alleyway and we want your input. Get ready for an evening of dreaming and planning. Everyone is welcome to be part of the conversation.”

“This year we are proposing the revitalization of the Hunter Street to Simcoe Street alleyway and we want your input. Get ready for an evening of dreaming and planning. Everyone is welcome to be part of the conversation.”

Drinks and a light dinner will be provided.

Creating livable and sustainable spaces for the community and the environment are top of mind for stakeholders involved in the Downtown Vibrancy Project. Aimed at re-vitalizing areas of Peterborough’s downtown, the project, led by the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA), is a collaboration that is “breathing life” back into several neglected areas of the core, Dawn earlier told Electric City Magazine.

“Creating spaces that are attractive to visitors, residents, employees and businesses that also give them places to relax, interact with or even enjoy open space exhibits or entertainment is critical for a vibrant downtown.”

“The goal of the project is to demonstrate the potential for beautification of our downtown core through citizen action and to create valuable and ecologically-friendly public gathering spaces,” Dawn says.

Each year, The Downtown Vibrancy Project will transform a site in downtown Peterborough. One large-scale revitalization project will happen every year for three years (2018-2020).

A sub-group of members from the DBIA gathered to create the revitalization project based on a three-step process — probe, pilot, project concept. Each project starts with community input (probe), then the idea is tested to see if it’s viable (pilot) and then, with community, the work begins (project).

“We asked people to envision the most vibrant downtown. Seven guiding themes came out of the community feedback:

  • Streetscape
  • Public Space
  • Transportation
  • Landscapes
  • Sustainability
  • Public Art
  • People.

“These themes are guiding our work we do and, ultimately, if we can address them all within the next three years’ worth of projects, that would be a great outcome,” Dawn says.

“Community is an essential part of these projects and having community volunteers help to create these green spaces is an empowering experience that brings people together.”

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