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Downtown Plaza

The City of Sault Ste. Marie is developing a plan for a Civic Plaza in the downtown core. It will be a four-season destination full of exciting activities for all ages and ability levels.

Downtown Plaza Concept – Bird’s Eye View
About the Project
The detailed design and implementation of a Public Plaza in downtown Sault Ste. Marie presents a unique opportunity to create a vital community hub. The intention for this place is to be nothing less than an extraordinary, four-season public plaza that is at once a place of celebration and a place for the everyday. The plaza is to be full of activities that draw users throughout the year and across all ages and ability levels. The Plaza design process will build on growing awareness in the community of the importance of activity-based destinations in the downtown, which began with the City of Sault Ste. Marie’s 2016 Downtown Strategy and established key objectives to animate and rejuvenate the downtown. The new Downtown Civic Plaza will be a critical piece in helping to realize this strategy.
The Plaza will contain series of elements, including:
  • Skating Rink & water feature
  • Flexible event / gathering area
  • Stage with outdoor screen
  • Outdoor Farmer’s Market area
  • Play Zone
  • Lighting Displays
  • Shade Structures
  • Public washrooms and change area
  • Seating
  • Trees and planting beds
The plaza will be designed to minimize embodied carbon inputs and maximize the carbon sequestration capacity post-completion.
The plaza elements and design will be refined through consultation with the community.
Project Status
The project is currently in the conceptual design phase. For details pertaining to concept design, click here for a video presentation and here for a PDF version of the presentation.

Get Involved

Public Workshop via Zoom on October 1, 2020
The City will host two online public meetings where the preliminary concept plan will be presented to the community for feedback.
Participants will have the opportunity to offer recommendations and raise concerns about the concept design for the plaza. The purpose of the workshops are to encourage comments and ideas for a major new plaza in the downtown core.

Both online public sessions will be held on October 1, 2020; scheduled for noon and 7 p.m.

Downtown Plaza Public Meeting #1
(Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 11:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.)

Meeting ID: 956 7837 5763
Dial in information: +1 647 374 4685, +1 647 558 0588
Downtown Plaza Public Meeting #2 
(Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.)
Meeting ID: 982 3255 4106
Dial in information: +1 647 374 4685, +1 647 558 0588

Online Survey – Open from September 29, 2020 to October 15, 2020
The preliminary concept plan for the iconic downtown Civic Plaza is now available. Take the online survey by October 15, where you can see the concept plan and submit comments and recommendations. Please use the link below to complete the online survey.

Civic Plaza Survey

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