City reveals vision for future of Sparks Street, hopes to begin construction around Spring 2022

By Vito Pilieci, Ottawa Citizen, March 22, 2019

The City of Ottawa has revealed the results of a year-long public consultation that it hopes will help shape the future of Sparks Street.

The future of the downtown street, which became Canada’s first pedestrian-only mall in 1967, has been keenly debated for decades. Joining Elgin and Lyon streets, Sparks is seen as an important corridor given its proximity to Parliament Hill, hotels and downtown restaurants

(...)New interlock pavers, bike racks and small green spaces are suggested. Interactive water features (like fountains), digital wayfinding boards — maps that can be used to display signage — and increased lighting are proposed, along with temporary pop-up facilities for outdoor entertainment, such as concerts or displaying films..

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