The second public workshops were held on Tuesday, May 28th 2019 in the Routhier Community Centre. Approximately 60 people attended one of two presentations made by the project team and provided thoughts and feedback through table group discussions. The presentation below outlines the current thinking on the design of streets and public spaces in the ByWard Market, envisioning the character and function of different areas. The team will refine and further detail these concepts, and present designs for the gateways, during the third public workshop.
If you would like a PDF copy of the presentation outlined below, please contact DesignByWard@ottawa.ca
The design principles that will guide the development of the ByWard Market Public Realm Plan have been refined as follows:
- Create a bold and memorable public environment to celebrate the Market and the area’s unique character
- Put pedestrians first
- Enhance the experience year round
- Beautify the Market
- Welcome everyone
- Support businesses
- Balance the needs of residents/tourists and businesses/residents
A number of design targets have been identified to support these principles:
- 33 per cent tree canopy cover within the Market Core, except Dalhousie
- 50 per cent pedestrian space market-wide
- 2.0 m minimum clearway for pedestrians
- 3.0 m + clearways for 90% of streets within Market Core
- Public seating every 30 metres
- AODA/City of Ottawa standards
- Minimum levels for visibility and feeling of safety
- Special lighting for special places
- 1000+/- square metres of vending space
William and ByWard Market Square
William Street and ByWard Market Square are important streets at the heart of the market area. Framing the existing heritage market building and potential future Destination Building, they will be paved in decorative paving that creates a strong identity to the ByWard Market area within the City of Ottawa.
William Street will be pedestrian-only (except for deliveries and emergency vehicles). ByWard Market Square will be pedestrian-only in the summer, when it will have outdoor vending stalls, but open to traffic at other times of the year. Both streets will have catenary lighting overhead, helping to create a memorable atmosphere in the evenings. The lighting will be supported by multi-functional poles that act as traffic control bollards, pedestrian lighting, and places for signs and banners for the market and vendors. The intent is that these streets function as outdoor extensions of the market buildings.
Clarence Street will be paved across the entire right of way in decorative paving that creates a strong identity to the ByWard Market area within the City of Ottawa. On the north side, a wide sidewalk will include a patio zone beside the buildings, a row of trees, and a wide sidewalk zone beside the road curb. On the south side, an on-street parking zone will be delineated by very low curbs, allowing parking spots to be used as patio space in the summer.
York Street is the preeminent street in the Market. It is proposed to have five different character zones along its length:
1. Gateway zone (Sussex to Clarendon Lane):
In the Gateway zone, a bosque of trees creates a green gateway to the ByWard Market from the York Steps, and helps create continuity to the treed landscape of Major’s Hill Park. A special, bold and unique decorative paving treatment extends across the entire right of way from building face to building face, eastward to Dalhousie, establishing a pedestrian character to the street.
2. Flexible Space zone (Clarendon Lane to ByWard Market Square)
In the Flexible Space zone, a significant new public art element is proposed adjacent to the bosque of trees. This will help create a strong visual identity and anchor to the plaza area, which extends to the heritage market building. Trees on each side of the street frame the space. Benches and other street furniture line the street, but would be able to be moved for large public gatherings.
3. North Market Plaza zone (ByWard Market Square to William)
In the North Market Plaza zone, the design concept is very simple and flexible, to permit this space to be used in many different ways, such as for outdoor vending for the market, and for various public events and programming. The decorative paving surface would extend across the entire space without curbs, forming a table top plaza. Tall mast lighting would provide pedestrian, vehicular and special events lighting. Moveable furniture and tents could be added and removed depending on the needs of the space.
This plaza would help link the existing market building on its south edge with a new Destination Building on its north edge, which would replace the existing parking garage at 70 Clarence Street. The Destination Building might also have an indoor market or food-related experience on the ground floor. A rooftop public space is being considered above this potential new building.
4. Promenade and Gardens zone (William to Dalhousie)
In the Promenade and Gardens zone, large, low planters with seating along their edges define a more intimate pedestrian space. Street trees will be tall, arching species that permit open views at ground level but create a strong green canopy above. The street trees all along York Street are intended to create a grand, formal character and help unify the entire street. A third row of trees reinforces this zone as a promenade.
5. Promenade and Lawns zone (Dalhousie to King Edward)
In the Promenade and Lawns zone, the character of the street changes to respond to the increased residential uses around it. A wide pedestrian promenade is flanked by lawns which are set beside the primary driving lanes. This promenade can be shared by vehicles, which need to access properties or park in driveways on the north side of York Street. At King Edward Avenue, a small seating area provides a frame for a public art piece creating a gateway from the east.
Along York Street and George Street where the space is planned to be used flexibly, street furnishings can be modular and moveable, to permit a variety of configurations for both day-to-day use and special events.
George Street is proposed to have five different character zones along its length.
1. Gateway & Youth zone (Sussex to ByWard Market Square)
In the Gateway & Youth zone, a small bosque of trees creates a green arrival space. Decorative paving extends across the entire right of way, from building face to building face. This decorative paving pattern can be found on streets throughout the market (except York Street, which has its own unique paving). Within the pedestrian promenade area, trees help create an outdoor room. Within this room, street furniture and skateboarding elements support a youth-focused space.
Depending on the timing of the streetscape improvements and the nature of shipping and receiving activities at Hudson’s Bay, it may be necessary to maintain access to The Bay’s loading docks for tractor-trailers. This plan shows how George Street can be realigned to accommodate this need. It would still function as a pedestrian oriented space when loading is not occurring.
2. South Market zone (ByWard Market Square to William)
In the South Market Plaza zone, George Street will be designed with flexibility to accommodate a variety of public gatherings. This area would be a good place to relocate the ‘OTTAWA’ sign to, as it would create a landmark element at this busy arrival area. It would be complemented by a plaza water feature that can act as both a decorative and play feature for children. The water feature, and potentially the paving pattern, reference the former By Wash which is believed to have run along George Street in this area.
3. Family & Play Space zone (William to Dalhousie)
In the Family and Play Space zone, the pattern of street tree planting helps define outdoor rooms. Lining the edges of these rooms are playful furniture elements catering to families that could include seating, recliners, large picnic tables, games tables such as table tennis and chess, music stations, lookouts, and play structures.
4. Gardens & Promenade zone (Dalhousie to Cumberland)
In the Gardens and Promenade zone, large, low planters with seating along their edges define a more intimate pedestrian space. A third row of trees reinforces this zone as a promenade.
Dalhousie Street will provide new street trees at intersections, and wherever possible, at mid-block locations. Intersections will include the same decorative paving as will define the character of the ByWard Market. The same family of street furniture including benches and pedestrian lighting will line the edge of the street, reinforcing Dalhousie Street’s connection to the market.
At the Dalhousie and York Street and George Street intersections, respectively, the ‘carpet’ of decorative paving of those streets will extend all the way across Dalhousie to the other side, creating an inviting, visual entry to the market core.
The on-street parking along Dalhousie will be raised to the same level as the sidewalk with a roll curb and defined by bollards, to create flexible space for summer time patios or seating.
Parent Street will be designed similarly to Clarence Street, with a patio zone and wide sidewalk zone, and a flexible summertime on-street parking zone. Decorative paving will extend across the sidewalk areas and the on-street parking. This will create a strong link to the north to connect with Lowertown.
Murray Street will implement the City of Ottawa’s long term cycling plan by replacing a row of on-street parking with a bike lane. New street trees will be provided wherever possible. At intersections, the decorative paving defining the ByWard Market area will be used to link Murray Street to the broader market.
St. Patrick Street
St. Patrick Street already has a bike lane. Changes will include new street trees and using decorative paving that defines the ByWard Market area at intersections.