Facility Capital Project Supervisor
(705) 739-4220 x4509
Downtown Barrie BIA
In partnership with the Downtown Business Association (BIA), the City has created a space where the public can enjoy holidays, long weekends and everyday living.
Since its grand opening in 2018, Meridian Place has drawn thousands of visitors and is quickly becoming one of the most exciting outdoor event spaces in the City. Whether you're looking to be moved by one of the many musical performances scheduled, work on your pigeon pose with a yoga instructor, or just hang out and enjoy the views, Meridian Place & Memorial Square has something for you.
Find things to do and plan your visit at meridianplace.downtownbarrie.ca!
Meridian Place & Memorial Square are the newest gathering space in Barrie accommodating large events, showcasing local talent and connecting the downtown to the beautiful waterfront. The facility boasts a variety of features that honours the past and provides a pedestrian-friendly space now and into future, and includes:
Meridian Place & Memorial Square is now a provincially ercognized multi-use civic public space! Accolades include:
2019 Ontario General Contrators Association – Ontario Builder Awards – Public Venue in Partnership with Rutherford Contractors (see more)
2018 Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) Award – Streetscape and Public Realm Improvements – Large (see more)
2018 Economic Developers Council of Ontario: Local Collaboration & Partnership: Honourable Mention
As part of the project, Memorial Square has significantly increased in size to accommodate larger ceremonial procedures, and the cenotaph was relocated to make it the central focus of the square.
This new gathering space will become a central part of Barrie. It will be a place that accommodates large events, showcases local talent and connects our downtown to the waterfront.
The name was chosen through Meridian’s ‘Name your City Space’ online vote, in which Barrie residents were asked to pick their favourite name from a list of three options. Meridian paid for exclusive naming rights of the space that stretches from the Memorial Square cenotaph area to Simcoe Street for a period of 25 years. The agreement allows for the cenotaph area to continue to be known as Memorial Square.
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