June 1, 2023

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Downtown back garden approach coming to committee Monday

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According to the strategy commissioned by BIA and Town of Collingwood, proposed alterations incorporate earning all parking great deal beds into pollinator-welcoming gardens and making major advancements to current beds in downtown

Collingwood’s downtown could grow to be a minor much more green about the upcoming couple yrs.

In the course of Monday’s company and community solutions standing committee meeting, councillors will be receiving a 1st seem at the Collingwood Downtown Yard Learn Approach, which maps out how the Collingwood Downtown Organization Improvement Area (BIA) and the city could carry out much better gardens and greenery into the downtown above the following 5 several years.

In a report organized by Seferian Style Team and commissioned in June 2020 by the BIA with the aid of the City of Collingwood, the plan was at first sent in August 2021.

It is pointed out in the report that the backyard garden parts downtown have been the outcome of a few key infrastructure assignments, on the other hand no over-all, cohesive program had previously been developed. The report outlines the latest state of present downtown backyard garden areas, and proposes how they can be enhanced moving ahead although having at this time existing preparing files this sort of as the group-centered strategic plan, the downtown heritage conservation district plan and the biking grasp program into account.

“The total purpose of the Downtown Gardens Grasp Plan is to increase the town’s livability, operation, economic vitality, aesthetic high-quality and pedestrian natural environment downtown,” notes the report.

Presently, Collingwood’s road trees are a variety of species consisting of Maple, Elm, Crabapple, Honey Locust, Ornamental Pear and others.

“Most of the trees are nutritious and executing well in an urban atmosphere. Many trees are in decline and must be eradicated and changed,” notes the report.

The report also notes that quite a few of the gardens in the downtown main are primarily yearly/perennial mixes in lifted concrete planters and though annual planting seems to prosper, most existing perennial planting display indicators of tension.

Various components maybe contributing to plant drop are salt contamination, bodyweight of snow storage, seasonal exposure, deficiency of water and maturity.

According to the strategy, consultants are suggesting splitting the downtown into five parts, with very best tactics recognized for each and every of the spots.


  • Zone 1 will consist of Hurontario and Initial/Huron Streets. The area has the highest concentration of retail and commercial frontages and present city-owned back garden infrastructure.
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  • Zone 2 will incorporate Pine Street, Ste. Marie Street, Hume Street, Fourth Street, 3rd/Ontario Road, Next/Simcoe Street, and Aspect Launch Way, and presents a mixture of uses.
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  • Zone 3 features Elgin Avenue, Ontario Road (east of Ste. Marie Avenue), St. Paul Street, and North Pine Road and is mostly household houses.
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  • Parking good deal frontages
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  • Waterfront Promenade
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In Zone 1, improvements remaining advisable incorporate fixing raised concrete planters and using steel planters inside of present beds, changing perennial plant species that are tolerant to street salts and seasonal routine maintenance circumstances, lower the sizing of planting locations to relieve routine maintenance calls for and exchange mulched tree pits with a sustainable alternative.

Bike racks, benches and waste receptacles should really also be replaced, in accordance to the report.

In Zone 2, proposed enhancements consist of introducing additional herbaceous perennials and trees to the planting scheme, strengthening parking whole lot frontages, removing non-practical backyard garden beds when preserving street trees and repairing destroyed and unsafe areas in pedestrian walkways.

A bicycle shelter is proposed up coming to the bus terminal on Pine Road.

In Zone 3, the guide is recommending including extra street furnishings in entrance of Tremont Studios.

Gateway attributes are remaining recommended in both equally Zone 1 and 2 areas.

In regards to parking great deal frontages, the report implies changing all gardens in these parts into pollinator gardens, enabling significant planting parts and landscape inbound links.

In the waterfront promenade spots, the report implies incorporating raised movable planters among bench groupings and to insert various, a lot more available seating where feasible. A recommendation is involved to change the most northern part of Hurontario Avenue into a path and parkette leading to the waterfront and harbour.

The report also features ideas for means to boost the attract of downtown alleyways, and the place long run community artwork could possibly be very best positioned.

As of 2020, Collingwood’s downtown hosts 23 arts and amusement storefronts, 93 health and wellness centres, 31 restaurants, bars, and cafes, and another 123 outlets.

To read through the total system, click on below.

The company and local community providers conference will consider spot June 6 at 2 p.m. in council chambers. The assembly will also be livestreamed and archived on the town’s municipal assembly YouTube channel below.

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