Facility Capital Project Supervisor
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Downtown Barrie BIA
The City worked in partnership with the Downtown Business Association (BIA) on the redevelopment of this space to create a “people place” in the heart of downtown Barrie.
This space is a vibrant, multi-use civic public place that connects the downtown with Barrie's beautiful waterfront. The work also allowed for the opportunity to upgrade existing infrastructure within the square.
Get all the details about this new space at meridianplace.downtownbarrie.ca!
Fencing has now been removed and Meridian Place and Memorial Square are open to the public. The Memorial Square Grand Opening is planned for June 29 at 10:30 a.m. The Meridian Place Grand Opening will be held on June 29 at 5 p.m. Both events are open to the public.
The contractor is completing the final details which include planting, wall lettering, historic site elements, sod, setup and testing of lighting and irrigation system and site cleanup. Fencing is expected to be taken down by June 15.
All concrete work will be completed by June 1. Stone work and plantings are ongoing. Starting the week of May 28, the main lighting posts will be installed, sod will be put down and site cleanup will begin.
Now that the warmer weather has returned, construction is once again ramping up. The large permanent canopy which will cover the stage is now up. Over the next couple weeks, the contractor will continue to work on the concrete walkways and begin to install all the site elements and amenities. Lighting, trees and other plantings will follow shortly after. The project is still on schedule to be complete this June.
The 2017 Remembrance Day Parade & Service will take place at Memorial Square in downtown Barrie, despite the construction. Fencing will be decorated with poppies and moved beyond the cenotaph for ceremony.
On Friday, August 18, the cenotaph will be moved to its central location on the site. As a result of the large equipment that is required for the cenotaph move, other work on the site will stop for the day. Work will resume on Monday. Interesting facts about the cenotaph move:
Demolition is well underway and we are on track for completion by summer 2018. This week's scope includes:
The new Meridian Place & Memorial Square will be the ‘event epicentre’ of the Downtown throughout all seasons. This will include the kickoff to the festive season with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Over the two years leading up to the project start, and in anticipation of this new space, the Downtown Barrie BIA began planning for an enhanced Tree & Festive Lighting Ceremony and Santa Claus Parade, which will all be part of Noella!
The Downtown Barrie BIA is looking forward to featuring an iconic fully lit Christmas tree each festive season, working with The Rotary Club of Barrie to expand their beautiful animated light displays into Meridian Place, and with The Chamber of Commerce to enhance the Santa Claus parade. Bolstered by the City of Barrie’s festive fireworks, Noella will become a signature festival for our region and beyond!
The project started in June 2017 and was completed in June 2018.
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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