A storefront workspace is now open at 79 Sparks Street to engage with the public about the Sparks Street pedestrian mall. Feedback gathered will help inform the public realm plan to renew Sparks Street.
The storefront workspace displays information about the preliminary recommendations that will be considered in the next phase of the plan, which will set guidelines for design, programming, beautification and operational standards. City staff will host collaboration sessions with stakeholders and have drop-in hours for the public.
The public is invited to visit the storefront, talk to City staff and provide feedback during the following times:
- Wednesday, July 18 from noon to 3 pm
- Thursday, July 19 from 9 am to noon
- Saturday, July 21 from noon to 3 pm
- Thursday, July 26 from 4 pm to 7 pm
Online public engagement opportunities will also be available until early 2019.
Over the summer, new public spaces, called SparksScape spots, will be piloted along the pedestrian mall. These will provide spaces for the public to lounge, read and enjoy the space. To enhance the pedestrian experience and reduce access by cars and trucks, the City is also piloting bollards at access points to the pedestrian mall. These projects are based on initial feedback that the pedestrian nature of Sparks Street is one of its most beloved qualities. They will inform the recommendations of the final public realm plan.
Mayor Jim Watson was joined today by Councillor Catherine McKenney, Nathalie Laliberté, Director General of Public Services and Procurement Canada’s Parliamentary Precinct Branch, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, and Dr. Mark Kristmanson, CEO of the National Capital Commission, to open the storefront workspace and tour the recently opened SparksScape spots.