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 August 2019
August 22, 2019 Free downtown parking during first phase of Dunlop Street construction
Starting tomorrow, free parking for patrons to downtown businesses will be provided for a maximum of two hours on the fourth floor of the Collier Street Parkade.

August 21, 2019 Barrie’s first public piano installed at Meridian Place
There is music in the air downtown. A public piano was installed at Meridian Place today for everyone to play and enjoy. This project was entirely community focused, and made possible due to generous donations from the community.

August 16, 2019 Kidd’s Creek Culvert Replacement project starts next week
The City of Barrie is beginning the first phase of the Kidd’s Creek Culvert Replacement construction project on Dunlop Street next week.

August 15, 2019 City lifeguard season extended at Centennial Beach
At the City of Barrie Council meeting on August 12, Councillors approved a motion to extend the guarded beach season at Centennial Beach until Friday, August 23. Lifeguards will be on duty at Johnson’s Beach until Sunday, August 18 as originally planned.

August 14, 2019 More improvements to downtown with Dunlop Street construction
Downtown Barrie is about to get even better. The City of Barrie is preparing to embark on an important project on Dunlop Street to replace aging infrastructure, expand sidewalks and beautify the historic street.

August 13, 2019 City of Barrie sells airport shares, retains 10 percent ownership
Today, the Simcoe County Council approved purchasing Lake Simcoe Regional Airport (LSRA) shares from the City of Barrie, reducing the Barrie's share ownership of LSRA to 10 percent.

August 12, 2019 Barrie Fire and Emergency Service launches Alarmed for Life campaign
Does your home have working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms? Barrie Fire and Emergency Service (BFES) wants to make sure the answer is yes.

August 06, 2019 Barrie launches Digital Main Street Service Squad
The City of Barrie has received a $40,000 grant from Digital Main Street (DMS), a Government of Ontario program. The grant will fund a Digital Service Squad that will help main street small businesses learn and adopt digital tools and processes.

 July 2019
July 31, 2019 Nominations now open for Barrie Heritage Awards
The City of Barrie is accepting nominations for the 2019 Heritage Awards until Friday, August 30, 2019. Nomination forms can be found at

July 30, 2019 Civic Holiday in Barrie: Affected Services
A number of services are affected by holiday weekends. The following City of Barrie services will be affected on Monday, August 5.

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