Civic Plaza At Victoria Street
This is a draft design concept for a key opportunity site with redevelopment potential in the Downtown. By replacing the surface parking lot on Victoria Street between the TNRD building and the Plaza Hotel with an underground parking structure, this site can be completely redesigned as a year-round animated pedestrian space and festivities area. By placing fixed and movable seating, shade trees, and lighting, and by encouraging outdoor café patios, the space can come alive as a key gathering place for socializing, resting, eating, and celebrating. In the centre of the plaza, a proposed spray park will provide a break to get wet or dip your toes in on hot summer days, which can then be transformed into a skating rink in the winter, making it a year-round public amenity. Included in the design concept is a civic building with public washrooms, which would also provide public meeting rooms or gallery space, food and beverages, and an administration office for staff to manage the space.