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Inspiration Lakeview: Public Sessions Delve into Possibilities for Citys Waterfront

Nov 25, 2010

The City of Mississauga will host a series of themed public engagement sessions over three days to explore ways to revitalize Mississauga's Lakeview waterfront area into a mixed-use, vibrant, sustainable community.

Through one-on-one conversations, an open house, scale models and a speakers' series, residents and stakeholders are encouraged to help develop a plan for the City's Lakeview waterfront, including the Ontario Power Generation (OPG) lands.

"Moving forward this way, gives everyone an opportunity to share their ideas, hopes and dreams for Mississauga," said Janice Baker, City Manager & CAO. "Inspiration Lakeview is one of the visionary actions of the City's Strategic Plan, developed through Our Future Mississauga - the largest public engagement initiative in the City's history. We are committed to making our vision for Our Future Mississauga a reality."

The public is invited to drop in during the day to discuss issues and options around the themes of "Urban," "Culture," "Green," and "Blue." Following the working sessions, ideas will be tested on a large-scale model, which will form the basis of a Visionary Concept Plan. In the evenings, international experts will share their expertise in the fields of sustainable development, mixed use communities, waterfront revitalization and cultural development.

What: Inspiration Lakeview Visioning Workshops & Presentations

When: Thursday, December 2
1 to 5 p.m. – Drop-in Studio, Synthesis & Modeling
6 to 7 p.m. – Registration & Open House
7 p.m. – Presentation: "Challenging the Status Quo," by Eric Freudenthal of Hammarby Sjostad, Sweden (registration requested)

Friday, December 3
1 to 5 p.m. – Drop-in Studio, Synthesis & Modeling
6 to 7 p.m. – Registration & Open House
7 p.m. – Presentation: "The Shape of Things to Come," by Matt Urbanski of New York and Gail Lord of Toronto (registration requested)

Saturday, December 4
1 to 3 p.m. – Open House
3 p.m. – Presentation: "Bringing It Together: The Emerging Vision & Next Steps"

Where: Mississauga Seniors’ Centre, 1389 Cawthra Road

The City has retained Urban Strategies Inc. to run the sessions and facilitate dialogue. The public can stop by at any time during the program, to see the team at work, watch the model evolve or speak directly with a team member.

"This is a follow-up to our well-attended Inspiration Lakeview presentation in October," said Bruce Carr, director of Strategic Community Initiatives. "Residents are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and join City staff and consultants to get at the issues and explore the opportunities. On the Saturday, everyone will get a chance to see the unveiling of an initial plan, based on their direct input and vision."

Visit the "Inspiration Lakeview" website for more information on the Lakeview project, the public sessions, and to register for the evening presentations.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is one of Greater Toronto's Top 90 Employers for 2010. Enhancing its citizens' quality of life by providing superior services, revitalizing its infrastructure and conserving the environment, Mississauga is committed to innovation, operational excellence and fiscal responsibility which are reflected in its motto: "Leading Today for Tomorrow."

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Media Contact:
Sandra Desrochers
Public Affairs Specialist
Phone: 905-615-3200x5934
TTY:    905-896-5151
Email:   sandra.desrochers@mississauga.ca


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