Sep 13, 2006
After months of public consultation, the City of Mississauga is unveiling its vision for the revitalization of public spaces in and around downtown Mississauga, with particular focus on new parks and public spaces in the City Centre.
The City has been working with Project for Public Spaces (PPS) -- a non-profit organization which specializes in working with cities to create and sustain lively public places -- to draft a concept plan that will see the City Centre develop into a vital community destination with programs, people-friendly settings, and social and economic rejuvenation. The plan is built on the principles of "Placemaking" - creating successful public spaces through access, activities, comfort and sociability.
"The successful 'My Mississauga' program of outdoor events, held in the Civic Square and Central Library Square this summer, grew out of the Placemaking process," said Bruce Carr, project director. "Some of the new activities such as the concert series, sports street and the relocated Lions Club farmers' market, are based on programming ideas that were generated by participants in our extensive public process. These actions demonstrate Mississauga's commitment to promoting new activities which will help to create a sense of place in downtown Mississauga."
The proposal for Mississauga's City Centre is outlined in the report, "Building Mississauga around Places - A Vision for City Centre Parks and Open Spaces in the 21st Century." The concept plan and report are available for viewing from eCity's "Placemaking" website. Public comments are welcome via the online form.
Following the comment period, the report and concept will be finalized and presented to the public later this year. New park development and renovations to existing open spaces will be phased over several years beginning in 2007.
Public Affairs Specialist