Market Parkade and Wilson Street improvements completed within budget and with sustainability in mind

Market Parkade

The award-winning Market Parkade provides 500 new parking spaces within walking distance of the Guelph Farmer’s Market and more than 300 local businesses for people who shop, dine, work and play in downtown Guelph. People can enter the parkade from Wilson Street via Macdonell or Carden Streets.

Traffic on the one-way section of Wilson Street from Northumberland to the intersection at Gordon/Norfolk Streets and Waterloo Avenue will flow southbound away from the downtown core to help with congestion from people leaving the parkade.

The Wilson Street public art project and Main Street mural project

In May 2018, the City commissioned artists Robert Cram and Eldon Garnet to create the Wilson Street public art project—a permanent, outdoor art installation at the corner of Wilson and Gordon streets.

The installation, entitled Sudden Garden, features four polished bronze deer sculptures contrasted against urban downtown Guelph. The deer are embedded with simple architectural shapes that reference the Basilica of Our Lady, the historic Priory residence, Guelph Farmers’ Market and the former Carnegie Library. As explained in Cram and Garnet’s proposal, the four deer represent a community living together, both in the wilderness of the past and the present urban moment.

In December 2018, the City launched the Main Street mural project after receiving funding from Ontario’s Main Street Revitalization Initiative to support the rejuvenation and revitalization of main streets. Four finalists (Pellvetica, Cheka Creative Inc., Kenneth Lavallee and Emmanuel Jarus) were selected to create murals along Wilson Street, which will be unveiled on October 26.

Sustainability and active transportation

The Market Parkade, Wilson Street and the Norfolk pedestrian bridge were designed to encourage people to use sustainable and active transportation when visiting downtown Guelph.

The Market Parkade is home to the City’s first secure bicycle storage facility with spaces for 40 bikes. The parkade also houses the first City-owned electric vehicle charging stations. The addition of solar panels on the roof of the parkade will help make the parkade energy self-sufficient. The solar panels are projected to produce about 240,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, which is equal to the amount of electricity used by 25 homes for one year.

Bike lanes will be added to both sides of Wilson Street between Northumberland and Gordon/Norfolk Streets, and more bike boxes will be added at the intersection of Wilson Street and Gordon/Norfolk Street to further improve cyclist safety.

A pedestrian crossover will be added to Wilson Street between the Market Parkade entrance and Market Square to ensure pedestrian safety.

The new Norfolk Street pedestrian bridge reconnects Northumberland and Wilson Streets. In the coming weeks, the City will host a ceremony to unveil the official name of the new bridge.

These improvements reflect the community’s values and priorities as outlined in Guelph’s Community Plan, and also align with the City’s Strategic Plan.


Media Contact

Patricia Halajski , Communications Officer
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 3656
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