The Stratford Market Square Committee is pleased to introduce our newsletter ABOUT THE SQUARE as our plan to keep Stratford residents aware of new developments in Market Square. We’ll publish as often as we can and especially when there is news to share. City staff will work with us to get the latest out to the community.
As you know, the City of Stratford has confirmed a contract with the GSP group out of Kitchener-Waterloo (http://www.gspgroup.ca/) to design the traditional market square space behind City Hall.
Here’s what GSP has posted on their website.
GSP Group is excited to kick off the Stratford Market Square project to support the community and the City to redevelop this historic space in the heart of Downtown. Our Landscape Architecture team will refine the concepts that we prepared during the design competition to visualize a flexible year-round place for programmed events and informal activities. We are proud to have this opportunity to help realize Market Square as an accessible, welcoming and active space.
This week, GSP conducted stakeholder consultations with a view to updating and revising their initial design concept. A revised design will be presented at a Public Meeting the week of May 30th, where there will be an opportunity to provide public input. Information will be provided regarding parking and transit options that address concerns raised in the community. The new design will then be revised before it is presented to Council.
April 26 GSP community/stakeholder consultations.
May 1 Slow Food Market re-opens in Market Square. Come visit our table on Sunday, May 8th.
Week of May 30 GSP presents revised design at a Public Meeting (Date and format TBD)
June Council approval of revised conceptual design in mid June.
July-August Detailed design is finalized and prepared for tender.
September Contract awarded and construction begins.
The Local View
From time to time, we’ll be posting interviews with local residents and business owners about their hopes and wishes for Market Square. Visit our Blog at www.stratfordmarketsquare.ca to find these interviews.
If you are interested in new thinking about public spaces, transit, parking or urban design, here’s an interesting link to current practice.
How to Get Involved
This newsletter/blog will endeavor to highlight all of the ways that you can get involved in the planning and consultations about Stratford’s historic Market Square. In the meantime, watch for news from us and follow us on social media. Click on links / buttons below.
Use this twitter hashtag #MyMarketSquare