Temporary pedestrian island comes to a close

Guelph, ON, September 15, 2015 – On or about September 28, the City of Guelph will—as planned—remove the temporary pedestrian island on Macdonell Street at Wilson Street.

The removal is expected to take a few hours to complete with minimal impact to traffic.

Since June, the pedestrian island has provided visitors to Guelph’s downtown with a unique vantage point to admire and photograph the Basilica of Our Lady and Catholic Hill and allowed the City to test a feature of the Downtown Guelph Streetscape Manual.

“Early survey results show most people supported the project as a fun, imaginative way of reimagining Guelph’s downtown streetscape. We are now in the process of analyzing the results and exploring options on how we could make it a permanent or recurring feature for which there will be further community engagement,” says Ian Panabaker, corporate manager of Downtown Renewal.

In addition to the pedestrian island, the City piloted a wayfinding initiative designed to improve the visitor experience downtown through the installation of temporary signs and directories to help people find their destination and points of interest. These elements will remain in place as the City explores ways to repurpose the framework with new content for 2016.

These projects were a collaborative effort between the City, Guelph Civic Museum, the Downtown Guelph Business Association and Downtown Advisory Committee.

Have your say

Members of the public can share their thoughts on these initiatives by visiting guelph.ca/haveyoursay and clicking on the survey link for the Macdonell Pedestrian Island/Wayfinding project. The survey closes on October 2.

“To date, we have received mostly positive feedback from the public and downtown businesses,” says Panabaker, adding, “Their feedback will help measure how these pilot tests have performed and inform discussions for longer-term initiatives.”

Staff will be working with the Downtown Advisory Committee on reporting the results and other forms these initiatives could take in the coming seasons.

For more information

Ian Panabaker
Corporate Manager, Downtown Renewal
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2475
ian.panabaker@guelph.ca