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.

The 2018–2022 Council completed 18 Community Improvement Projects relating to public art, naturalization, public safety and more. Projects are detailed below.

Public Art

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).

Naturalization

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).
ProjectFunded by
Osprey Ridge Road Planting
85 trees planted
Ward 3 Councillor
Crompton Drive Planting
85 trees and shrubs planted 
Ward 3 Councillor
Victoria Woods Park Planting
20 trees and shrubs planted
Ward 4 Councillor
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 Councillor
Shalom Park Planting
300 trees planted
​Ward 9 Councillor
Madelaine Park Planting
32 trees and shrubs planted
​Ward 9 Councillor

Traffic Calming & Community Safety

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

Additional Projects

ProjectFunded by
Poetry & art book with proceeds donated to the Women & Children’s ShelterWard 1, 3 & 9 Councillors
Painting of 3 Electrical/Traffic BoxesWard 5 Councillor
BIA mural on the Town & CountryWard 9 Councillor
Painted pink building downtownWard 9 Councillor