Downtown Streetscape Implementation Plan
An important component of downtown Oshawa's revitalization is public sector streetscape improvements. To this end, City Council approved a Downtown Streetscape Implementation Plan in July 1996 that provides a detailed implementation strategy that will bring a range of streetscape improvements, including new street lighting, to the downtown. The focus of the Plan is on the downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA).
A number of streetscape elements are being implemented in the Plan, including new street lighting to replace the two existing lighting systems currently in the downtown. The existing decorative globe light standards and the cobrahead functional lighting are being replaced with a new, more pedestrian-friendly luminaire mounted on a decorative concrete pole. The change in lighting will ensure that downtown Oshawa is not only safe, but attractive.
Pedestrian areas are receiving improved and consistent sidewalk treatment with the installation of a new boulevard unit paver strip. New benches provide resting areas for pedestrians. New waste receptacles, planters, street trees and grates, bollards and bicycle racks complete the streetscape improvements, making the downtown a more pedestrian-friendly and attractive destination. These improvements occurred with minimal impact on pedestrian and automobile traffic, and parking.
The achievement of streetscape improvements requires a substantial commitment by the City, but the potential spin-offs include greater private investment, greater public use of the downtown and a renewed sense of pride in a significant community resource.
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