One of Ottawa’s most well known pedestrian malls has revamped in the hope of getting more pedestrian traffic. Located right downtown around the corner from Parliament Hill, the Byward Market, Major’s Hill Park and the National War Memorial, this street should be a central hub of pedestrian traffic in Ottawa. However, this has slowed in the past decade and the brains behind the new plan want a change!
Introducing the new “SparksScape” pilot project which is going to introduce certain features on a trial basis to evaluate their popularity and success over the coming weeks.
Some of the new features include:
- lounge chairs
- street games
- a pop up library
- picnic tables
The plan is controversial. Some people think this is a good step towards making Sparks Street like other pedestrian malls in Canada such as Robson Street in Vancouver. However, others think it will take trendy retails shoppes moving in to bring the people.
The plan is a work in progress and the public is welcome to stop in to the SparksScape temporary storefront at 79 Sparks Street on July 19 from 9 to 12, July 21 from 12 to 3 and July 26 from 4 to 7 to share feedback and ideas.