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Sparks Street Public Realm Plan

Project Status: 
Underway

Sparks Street Public Realm Plan

Phase II Stakeholder Memo [ PDF 19.986 MB ]

What’s in store for Sparks Street?

Sparks Street Storefront Workspace Opening
79 Sparks Street
July 18, 2018

The Sparks Street Storefront Workspace is open!

Drop-in and see the work-in-progress for the Sparks Street Public Realm Plan on these dates and times:

Wednesday, July 18
Noon to 3 pm

Thursday, July 19
9 am to 12 noon

Saturday, July 21
Noon to 3 pm

Thursday, July 26
4 to 7 pm

City staff are using the storefront workspace to display the key functional analysis and preliminary recommendations for consideration in the next phase of the Sparks Street Public Realm Plan. Everyone is welcome to tour the displays, chat with staff and leave their feedback.

SparksScape is taking shape! Stop by, enjoy and tell us what you think!

Starting July 18, Sparks Street will welcome the new SparksScape additions – places to lounge, enjoy the sunshine, visit with friends and make new ones. Lounge and hang out on the new furniture, read a book from the pop-up library, relax in a rocking chair. It's all new and waiting to be experienced as part of a  series of pilot projects aimed at testing ideas that we heard from the public who responded to our questionnaires.Tell us what you think about the additions using #mysparkstreet. Take a few photos of you and your friends and show off the fun! 

SparksScape is a pilot project for now - City staff will follow the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Share your story and tell us what you think of SparksScape over the next few weeks and we’ll consider your feedback for future improvements. 

Public engagement opportunities

As part of developing the public realm plan, the City and its partners are committed to engaging the public about the future of the iconic public space known as the Sparks Street Pedestrian Mall – how should it be used, what should it look like, and how should it be programmed. The City is reaching out to:

  • residents
  • business owners
  • landowners
  • surrounding community associations
  • government agencies, and others who may be interested in sharing their perspectives and ideas on the future of Sparks Street.

Public engagement will conclude early in 2019 with a report to Finance and Economic Development Committee and City Council, the Sparks Street Mall Authority and the National Capital Commission Board of Directors recommending approval of the public realm plan and funding for detailed design and phased implementation.  During the public engagement period, the City will gather feedback using:

  • online questionnaires
  • design workshops
  • information sessions, and
  • e-mail

About Sparks Street Pedestrian Mall

Sparks Street is Canada’s first pedestrian street and a famous place for residents and visitors alike to gather and celebrate in the heart of Ottawa’s downtown. An outdoor open-air pedestrian mall since 1967, visitors find shopping, dining, festivals, beautiful heritage buildings and lots of places to sit and watch the world go by. 

What’s being planned?

  • new residential and retail uses, now under construction
  • two key light rail (LRT) stops around the corner
  • a major STO stop planned at Lyon and Sparks
  • a new Indigenous Cultural Centre recently announced for 100 Wellington
  • the new Lord Stanley’s Gift Monument, and
  • the  plans for a major renewal of buildings along Sparks Street and throughout the parliamentary precinct.

Given all this, it is time to look at the many current plans and policies to and create one cohesive plan for the future.

Under Council direction, City planning staff are working together with their partners to review the guiding policies and plans that govern Sparks Street to explore and assess:

  • street functions and special relationships
  • streetscape theme/s, and design elements – identifying what a renewed Sparks Street will look like and how it will fit into the broader Capital experience, and 
  • financial capacities for operation

Timelines

November 2017                                    Project launch 
January 13, 2018                                  Mayor's Town Hall - The Future of Sparks Street 
July 18, 2018                                        Sparks Street Workspace Opening, 79 Sparks Street 
November 2018                                    Public event #2

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Contact information

David Atkinson, Planner
Urban Design
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
email: mysparksstreet@ottawa.ca
tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 15013
ottawa.ca/sparksstreetplan

Related links

Official Plan Volume 2a Sparks Street (Ottawa)
The Plan for Canada’s Capital 2017-2067 (National Capital Commission)
Core Area Sector Plan 2005 (National Capital Commission)
Downtown Moves 2013 (Ottawa)
Capital Illumination Plan (National Capital Commission 2017)
Downtown Ottawa Urban Design Strategy (Ottawa 2004)
Public Services and Procurement Canada’s LTVP for Parliamentary and Judicial Precinct (2006 and update once completed)

As We Heard It Report - Questionnaire #1 and #2

As part of developing the Public Realm Plan, the City and its partners are committed to engaging the public about the future of the iconic public space known as the Sparks Street Pedestrian Mall – how should it be used, what should it look like, and how should it be programmed. The City is reaching out to:

  • residents
  • business owners
  • landowners
  • surrounding community associations
  • government agencies, and others who may be interested in sharing their perspectives and ideas on the future of Sparks Street.

Questionnaire 1

Between November 10, 2017 and January 1, 2018, the City collected 503 responses to an online questionnaire. 

As We Heard It Report [ PDF 634 KB ] 

Questionnaire 2

Between December 22, 2017 and February 6, 2018, the City collected 1,730 responses to an online questionnaire.

As We Heard it Report #2 [ PDF 773 KB ]