Queen & Mississagua Entranceway Project

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Building upon the Town’s rich history, architecture, and beautiful aesthetics, the proposed entry feature can reflect the values of the Town. Increasing the visibility of this gateway to the Historic Old Town, the identity of the feature can be reinforced as a landmark that meets the needs and wants of community members, supports downtown growth, and inspires the public. This new iconic feature must have the ability to evoke interest throughout four seasons using different plant materials in harmony with its context.

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

The goal is to consult with the public to obtain feedback on analysis, alternatives, and decisions for this project. The Town and project team's promise to the public is to keep them informed, to listen to and acknowledge concerns and aspirations, and to provide feedback on how public input influenced the decisions and designs for this project.

*THE SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED.
A summary of the survey results will be presented in a report to Council on Monday, August 30. Thank you to all survey participants.

BACKGROUND

The Queen and Mississagua bed has been installed at the terminus of Mississagua Street and Queen Street since the early 1980s. This flower bed annually hosts floral displays with signage that celebrates a community organization or significant Town-related milestones. Spring sees an exhibition of tulips, while summer and fall present a horticultural display, along with the selected community organization or Town-related signage. In the winter, signage is displayed that welcomes visitors to the Town’s winter activities and festivals.

In December of 2019, the Lord Mayor and Town staff received a proposal from Mr. Gerry Kowalchuk. His vision was to improve the Queen and Mississagua bed, and he was willing to cover the entire renovation cost. This offer was an incredible donation of $250,000 from the Gerald Kowalchuk Family Fund. Senior Management decided this project best aligned with a Subcommittee under the Communities in Bloom (CIB) committee. Mr. Kowalchuk presented to CIB on December 11, 2019. This proposal was unanimously accepted by CIB and recommended to Council for approval.

February 5, 2020, was the first meeting of the Subcommittee, and the first order of business was to capture Mr. Kowalchuk's vision for the project. This exercise was done with the entire group and established the following vision statements for the project:

The Subcommittee incorporated the vision statements into the Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI). The RFEI process led to the recommendation and approval of Seferian Design Group (SDG) as the successful landscape architect.

Building upon the Town’s rich history, architecture, and beautiful aesthetics, the proposed entry feature can reflect the values of the Town. Increasing the visibility of this gateway to the Historic Old Town, the identity of the feature can be reinforced as a landmark that meets the needs and wants of community members, supports downtown growth, and inspires the public. This new iconic feature must have the ability to evoke interest throughout four seasons using different plant materials in harmony with its context.

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

The goal is to consult with the public to obtain feedback on analysis, alternatives, and decisions for this project. The Town and project team's promise to the public is to keep them informed, to listen to and acknowledge concerns and aspirations, and to provide feedback on how public input influenced the decisions and designs for this project.

*THE SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED.
A summary of the survey results will be presented in a report to Council on Monday, August 30. Thank you to all survey participants.

BACKGROUND

The Queen and Mississagua bed has been installed at the terminus of Mississagua Street and Queen Street since the early 1980s. This flower bed annually hosts floral displays with signage that celebrates a community organization or significant Town-related milestones. Spring sees an exhibition of tulips, while summer and fall present a horticultural display, along with the selected community organization or Town-related signage. In the winter, signage is displayed that welcomes visitors to the Town’s winter activities and festivals.

In December of 2019, the Lord Mayor and Town staff received a proposal from Mr. Gerry Kowalchuk. His vision was to improve the Queen and Mississagua bed, and he was willing to cover the entire renovation cost. This offer was an incredible donation of $250,000 from the Gerald Kowalchuk Family Fund. Senior Management decided this project best aligned with a Subcommittee under the Communities in Bloom (CIB) committee. Mr. Kowalchuk presented to CIB on December 11, 2019. This proposal was unanimously accepted by CIB and recommended to Council for approval.

February 5, 2020, was the first meeting of the Subcommittee, and the first order of business was to capture Mr. Kowalchuk's vision for the project. This exercise was done with the entire group and established the following vision statements for the project:

The Subcommittee incorporated the vision statements into the Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI). The RFEI process led to the recommendation and approval of Seferian Design Group (SDG) as the successful landscape architect.

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