Downtown Vibrancy Project

Downtown Peterborough is becoming more vibrant thanks to the depaving work on Water Street.

The Peterborough DBIA and Peterborough GreenUP are hosting a celebration of the work achieved in 2018 and a look forward to what the Downtown Vibrancy Project is going to look like in 2019.

The first year of the Downtown Vibrancy Project has transformed the ‘road-to-nowhere’ behind No Frills from a 787m2 unused paved area. There are 17 native trees and 18 native shrubs planted in the site which is now a garden space. The asphalt removal and plantings were completed through the Depave Paradise volunteer days facilitated by GreenUP. With many hands we managed to transform this first into the beginnings of a beautiful rain garden, designed to collect rain water and filter it naturally through the soil. The planting will continue in the spring to complete this garden.

The wider area will be transformed in the spring by the Downtown Vibrancy Project in partnership with the City of Peterborough. The design will include a new park space and indigenous public art installation.

The event will specifically recognize the hard work and generous donations that made this project possible. Depave Paradise is a project of Green Communities Canada and received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to conduct 36 depave projects by 2020. The Downtown Vibrancy Project is supported by many wonderful, local partners, including Mortlock Construction, Drain Bros., Basterfield & Associates Inc., City of Peterborough, Three Sisters Natural Landscapes, LETT Architects, Jackson Creek Press, GreenUP and DBIA.

“I can’t say enough about the support from local businesses who have donated thousands of dollars in materials, equipment and labour toward this project,” says Terry Guiel, Executive Director of the DBIA. “We’ve also had tremendous support from the community with dozens of people volunteering to get sweaty and dirty ripping up the asphalt and planting trees.”