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Community Improvement Projects

As part of the 2020 Business Plan & Budget, City Council approved a small fund of $75,000/year for ward-specific projects that have a positive impact on residents by making improvements to public spaces in our neighbourhoods, from parks to streets to community facilities.

Administered through the Office of the Mayor, 3–5 projects were reviewed each year. Councillors selected their projects, often in consultation with local community groups or organizations, and completed them prior to the end of the 2018–2022 Council Term.

Council has completed 18 Community Improvement Projects relating to public art, naturalization, public safety and more. Projects are detailed below.

Public Art

the east end (puzzled)
Funded by Ward 1 Councillor
the east end (puzzled) at Eastview Arena by Andrew Maize, 2022, is a composite of 36 stitched photographs, creating what appears to be a seamless image of community members piecing together a puzzle of the east end of Barrie. Can you spot the inconsistencies? Can you see your house? What else can you find? The puzzle photographed in this mural is available for the public to use during regular open hours at the downtown branch of the Barrie Public Library.

Andrew Maize makes art and is curious about the possibilities inherent in the collective act of puzzling. He is a graduate of Eastview Secondary School.

Downtown Anti-harassment Campaign
Funded by Ward 2 Councillor

The Downtown Anti-harassment Campaign was initiated December 2020 in response to a downtown safety petition started by a Ward 2 resident, who approached their councillor about a public art project that advocated for women's safety in the downtown core.

Following public art procedure, the project was presented to BPAC and a sub-committee was formed to develop it. A poster campaign was proposed as there are art historical precedents in art & activism that had similar goals. Furthermore, postering in public space and on public transit is an accessible method of presenting art that reaches broad audiences with small budgets.

Local graphic designer Keri Johnson was commissioned to create the design. Her designs went through an approval process at BPAC and the Community Improvement Projects Team made the final selection in December 2021. The posters were installed at 4 bus shelters in Ward 2 and featured on 8 interior bus cards on Barrie Transit routes.

Art historical examples include:

About Time
Funded by Ward 3 & 9 Councillors
About Time (Hourglass) and About Time (Lightening Bolt) at East Bayfield Park by Derek & Tracey Martin, 2022, are a pair of sculptures intended to increase awareness of pollinators, the significant loss of their habitats, and the impact of that loss on their populations and ecosystems. Barrie-based artists Derek and Tracey Martin created these original works of art in response to this timely issue for this specific setting in East Bayfield Park. The sculptures remind us that our ecosystems are under threat and time is running out.


The cut-out butterfly forms are modelled after monarchs and their shape serves as a lyrical and hopeful counterpoint to the sense of urgency signaled by the hourglass and raw power of nature suggested by the lightening bolts.

In his sculptural practice, Derek Martin works mainly in metal, creating large-scale welded steel objects of art. Tracey Martin moves easily between sculptural work and material arts. Together they created MAR-10house/TraceyAnneMartin studio where they have been making art objects full time for almost 40 years.

Native Species Illustrations 
Funded by Ward 4 Councillor

Native Species Illustrations at Wyman Jacques Arboretum Hope Garden by Mar Lewis, 2021, is seven panels featuring native species illustrations, each showcasing a bird, a butterfly, and a plant native to our region. The brightly coloured illustrations are labelled with the common as well as the Latin name for each species.

Mar Lewis is a local artist with a passion for collecting, photographing, painting, printmaking and digital drawing. She is most inspired when immersed in the natural world around her.

Lampman Lane Park Mural
Funded by Ward 5 Councillor

Lampman Lane Park Mural brings together the thoughts and ideas of Andrew Hunter Elementary School students in grades 6 through 8 who wished to create a permanent addition to their neighborhood park. Mentored by local artist and parent, Cheryl Daniells, the students were engaged in all aspects of the design and production of the mural. The subjects addressed in the composition include nature, wildlife, physical activities, community concerns, and social justice.

Cheryl Daniells studied art at the University of Waterloo, the Toronto School of Art, and various workshops throughout Ontario. She currently resides in Barrie where she actively volunteers at the Barrie Art Club.

Public art is visual art that exists in the public realm for all to enjoy and helps create a vibrant, animated city. Projects involving elements defined as public art are vetted through the Barrie Public Art Committee (BPAC).


ProjectFunded by Councillor
Osprey Ridge Road Planting
85 trees planted
Ward 3
Crompton Drive Planting
85 trees and shrubs planted 
Ward 3
Victoria Woods Park Planting
20 trees and shrubs planted
Ward 4
Assikinack Park Planting
Students from Assikinack Public School planted 100 trees, 100 shrubs and 87 perennial plants (pollinator species) along with native pollinator seeding. Fall 2022 will include additional planting and natural bench installation to create an outdoor classroom.
Ward 8
Shalom Park Planting
300 trees planted
​Ward 9
Madelaine Park Planting
32 trees and shrubs planted
​Ward 9

Naturalization projects includes the planting of trees, shrubs, and plants to increase the city’s canopy.

Trees planted include (and not limited to) Freeman Maple (Acer freemanii (a), Red Maple (Acer rubrum), Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum), Mountain Ash (Sorbus americana), Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis), White Oak (Quercus alba), Red Oak (Quercus rubrum), White Pine est (Pinus strobus), White Spruce (Picea glauca), Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformis), Blue Beech (Carpinus caroliniana) and White Birch (Betula Papyrifera).

Shrubs/small trees planted include (and not limited to) Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatica), Meadowsweet (Spiraea alba), Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago), Gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa), Bush honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera), Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata), Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius), Maple-leaf viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium), Arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum), Highbush cranberry (Viburnum trilobum), Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum), Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea), Pussy Willow (Salix discolor), Canadian Serviceberry (Amalanchier canadensis), and Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis).

Traffic Calming & Community Safety

ProjectFunded by Councillor(s)
Stanley Street island Ward 3
Pringle Park lighting Ward 5
Street Island planters at Ferndale Drive South Ward 6
Radar Speed Boards
Two radar speed boards in Ward 4,  four radar speed boards in Ward 7, two radar speed boards in Ward 8.
Wards 4, 7, & 8
Traffic calming is the installation of physical measures to alter negative motorist driving behaviour.

Additional Projects

ProjectFunded by Councillor(s)
Poetry & art book with proceeds donated to the Women & Children’s Shelter Wards 1, 3 & 9
Painting of 3 Electrical/Traffic Boxes Ward 5
BIA mural on the Town & Country Ward 9
Painted pink building downtown Ward 9

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