Jun 22, 2011
Today, an outdoor Council Meeting
showcased Mississauga Celebration Square -- a new state-of-the-art event destination in
downtown Mississauga. The $40 million Infrastructure Stimulus Fund (ISF) project has
transformed the former Civic Centre and Central Library Squares into a versatile outdoor venue
capable of accommodating up to 30,000 people for special events, cultural and community
festivals, concerts, promotional events and unique programming.
Mississauga Celebration Square include:
- permanent stage
with high-performance sound and lighting system,
- media screens on
both sides of the stage for programmable and interactive digital messaging and
- large lawn for
audiences or activities,
- trellised open air
market area with 40 serviced vending stalls,
- new water feature
with recessed water jets,
- large ice skating
rink with new ice-making technology for a longer skating season,
Amphitheatre for 350 people,
- a glass pavilion
adjacent to the Central Library for reading, relaxing or socializing, and
- forested and raised
gardens throughout the site.
"We have achieved our goal of creating a place
where people of all cultures and backgrounds can come together to celebrate and participate in
daily activities that form the identity of a community," said Mayor Hazel McCallion.
"From passive programs to large-scale events, this is where we can get excited about our
Celebration Square officially
opened with an outdoor Council Meeting conducted from the main stage. Deputations included
presentations highlighting the development, features and planned use of the Square and
concluded with a Water Ceremony. All three levels of government who funded the project
participated in the official ceremonies.
redeveloped Square showcases Mississauga as a leading urban city," said City Manager
Janice Baker. "We envision it as a major outdoor community centre and a vibrant
destination for residents to enjoy for years to come."
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 "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing
on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money,
maintaining infrastructure and continuing to be an employer of choice.
Public Affairs Specialist