Hunter-Simcoe Alleyway Design Session Update

Thank you to everyone who came out Jan 29th to the initial design session of the 2020 Downtown Vibrancy Project — Hunter-Simcoe Alleyway!

We had 45+ people come out to the design session we hosted at Lett Architects to discuss the proposed alleyway revitalization by the Downtown Vibrancy project. We talked about the characteristics and uses of the space and what opportunities and challenges exist for the project.

We had people representing local businesses, organizations, City Hall, artists, landowners and more in attendance. The diversity of interests made for lively and engaging conversations. Thank you to everyone who shared their ideas and gave us some of their valuable time.

The Downtown Vibrancy project is a collaborative project led by the Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) in partnership with GreenUP. This project is in its third year and hopes to transform a section of the alleyway system that weaves through our downtown core this year. This project will have volunteer and sponsorship opportunities so stay tuned!

The revitalization of the Hunter – Simcoe Street section of alleyway will hopefully be a catalyst for the rejuvenation of other sections of the alleyway to form a continuous lively pathway though from Brock to Dalhousie Street. That’s the dream!

Did you missed the meeting or have more to say? Please feel free to email us with your comments or to set up a meeting at!

Walking through the alleyway, we noticed details about the space — 2 staircases, an abundance of utilitarian fencing, beautiful covered archway, heritage buildings, second-story patios, sporadic lighting and narrow pathway to transit terminal.

There were several upgrades that were suggested frequently — accessibility and flow, lighting, chainlink alternatives, arbor/trellis structures, permeable paving, green space, light art, interactive art, and benches.