City launches its Downtown Plaza Fundraising campaign

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

The City of Sault Ste. Marie is launching a fundraising campaign that offers an opportunity for businesses and citizens to be a part of the downtown plaza – an important community project that needs your support to make this project a reality. The Downtown Plaza will be an extraordinary, four-season showpiece with a public gathering space to celebrate, socialize and have fun.
“The planned features and programming of the plaza will have a host of positive benefits for residents and visitors to Sault Ste. Marie. The health of a community’s downtown is vital to economic development. It is one of the most important factors that businesses, labour force, students and youth use to assess the health of a community,” said Tom Vair, Deputy CAO, Community Development and Enterprise Services. “The plaza project is a critical component of the downtown revitalization strategy and an opportunity to enhance the downtown for generations to come.”
The downtown plaza will include:
  • Water fountain
  • Skating rink
  • Play structure
  • Stage and digital screen
  • Food, drink and retail opportunities with mobile retail units
  • Gathering areas for residents and tourists 
Ideas for programming and events in the plaza in collaboration with community partners include:
  • Art shows
  • Car shows
  • Festivals
  • Cultural and social gatherings
  • Outdoor concerts, dance and theatre performances
  • Events on the digital screen including movies and sporting events
  • Christmas events/lighting
  • Casual games like outdoor chess, shuffleboard, Crokicurl and Jam Can curling
  • Yoga, Zumba in the plaza
  • Food trucks
  • Interactive public art features and temporary displays
  • Lighting displays
  • And more! 
Join the community in supporting this important initiative. Tax receipts are available for individual donations over $25 and a community donation sign is included as a prominent fixture within the plaza. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available for the event stage, display screen, play features, equipment services and benches. All features and components included in the plaza address a specific need, audience or seasonal programming element.
Be a part of this exciting community-building project and donate today. For more information visit  

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