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

Update, October 21, 2019: Wilson Street will remain closed to vehicle traffic this week as final street lights are installed, and will be open for the grand opening event on October 26. The sidewalk is open for pedestrians as of October 22, 2019. The pedestrian footbridge across Norfolk will officially open later this week.

City to host a grand opening celebration in Market Square on October 26

Key Facts

Celebrate the grand opening of the Market Parkade and the reopening of Wilson Street and the Norfolk Street pedestrian bridge on Saturday, October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Market Square. Join City staff for a ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of the Market Parkade, and enjoy food, games, live music and family-friendly fun. Parking for cars and bikes will be free of charge in the Market Parkade.

Media release

Guelph, Ont., October 9, 2019—This month, the City will celebrate the long-awaited completion of the Wilson Street road improvements and the grand opening of the new Market Parkade. The new Norfolk Street pedestrian bridge will also open, and the Wilson Street public art project will be unveiled along with four new murals created as part of the Main Street Mural Project. All work was completed within planned budgets.

“The completion of this project represents a $22 million investment in core infrastructure and parking services for our thriving downtown core,” said Scott Stewart, chief administrative officer for the City of Guelph. “We’re excited to deliver on our promise to revitalize and grow downtown Guelph, and continue to support our amazing downtown businesses.”

The Market Parkade will be open for parking and travel starting October 22.

Grand opening celebration October 26

The City and the downtown business community are hosting a celebration in Market Square on October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An official ribbon cutting ceremony in front of the Market Parkade will be followed by family-friendly entertainment, performances by local musicians and dancers, self-guided art tours and free food samples from local restaurants. People can park cars and bikes free of charge in the Market Parkade for the event.

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.

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Media Contact

Katherine Galley, Communications Officer
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2252
katherine.galley@guelph.ca