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Civic Square Revitalization – Concept Plan

Welland Civic Square is a community space that has the potential to be a landmark within downtown Welland. The current space has had increasing interest as recent events such as movie nights and concerts broadcast on the big screen, have attracted many residents to the location. In order to continue the growth of these events, and to attract future community gatherings, a revitalization strategy for Civic Square is necessary. Downtown revitalization, or placemaking, is an important part of the overall health of a community, and it is important to create a multi-use space that will facilitate a number of community events.

What is Placemaking?


As both an overarching idea and a hands-on approach for improving a neighborhood, city, or region, Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, Placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value. More than just promoting better urban design, Placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution.

With community-based participation at its center, an effective Placemaking process capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, and it results in the creation of quality public spaces that contribute to people’s health, happiness, and wellbeing. (https://www.pps.org/reference/what_is_placemaking/)

Poster for Civic Square

Contact: Gage Stephens
Project Manager, Facilities
Phone: (905)735-1700 Ext. 2208
email: gage.stephens@welland.ca