A place for outdoor space: James Street public realm improvements

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We’re continuing work on creating a vibrant, engaging and thriving downtown, building on past successes, and creating new spaces for pedestrians in our city core.

Building on the framework provided by the St. Catharines Downtown Creative Cluster Master Plan, we’ve seen a boom in the City centre. Goals - such as the construction of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, the Meridian Centre, and the relocation of Brock University’s School of Fine and Performing Arts - have become a reality and all have, in turn, helped create a thriving retail and cultural scene, drawing more people and businesses to the core.

The development of outdoor public gathering spaces for those who live, work and visit in the downtown core is a strategic priority as we embark on a complete streets approach under our Transportation Master Plan. We can now look to the future of James Street between Church Street and King Street.

The road has been identified for reconstruction, and, along with surrounding public spaces such as the James Street lawn of City Hall, and the St. Catharines Public Library Courtyard, there’s a unique opportunity to create an inclusive outdoor space for everyone.

We want to bring the vision of an outdoor pedestrian gathering space into reality, as identified for the area in the Garden City Official Plan.

But what does that vision entail? We're looking to our residents for their ideas and input as we begin creating a vision for the space.

Need some extra inspiration? Check out the slideshow of public spaces from other communities below before completing the survey at the bottom of the page.


Please complete the short survey below and give us your insight, ideas and inspiration before June 25, 2021 at 4 p.m.

We’re continuing work on creating a vibrant, engaging and thriving downtown, building on past successes, and creating new spaces for pedestrians in our city core.

Building on the framework provided by the St. Catharines Downtown Creative Cluster Master Plan, we’ve seen a boom in the City centre. Goals - such as the construction of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, the Meridian Centre, and the relocation of Brock University’s School of Fine and Performing Arts - have become a reality and all have, in turn, helped create a thriving retail and cultural scene, drawing more people and businesses to the core.

The development of outdoor public gathering spaces for those who live, work and visit in the downtown core is a strategic priority as we embark on a complete streets approach under our Transportation Master Plan. We can now look to the future of James Street between Church Street and King Street.

The road has been identified for reconstruction, and, along with surrounding public spaces such as the James Street lawn of City Hall, and the St. Catharines Public Library Courtyard, there’s a unique opportunity to create an inclusive outdoor space for everyone.

We want to bring the vision of an outdoor pedestrian gathering space into reality, as identified for the area in the Garden City Official Plan.

But what does that vision entail? We're looking to our residents for their ideas and input as we begin creating a vision for the space.

Need some extra inspiration? Check out the slideshow of public spaces from other communities below before completing the survey at the bottom of the page.


Please complete the short survey below and give us your insight, ideas and inspiration before June 25, 2021 at 4 p.m.