Township of Scugog will launch pedestrian area project on Queen Street Saturdays and Sundays this summer

Posted On Monday July 20, 2020

Portions of Queen Street will be opened up to pedestrians and closed to vehicular traffic on weekends starting July 25 in order to expand the walking space and support physical distancing within downtown Port Perry. 

In light of ongoing COVID-19 requirements, Township staff, the BIA, Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Advisory Committee and Tourism Advisory Committee all support improving physical distancing within the downtown on weekends throughout the summer of 2020. The Township has been working with the BIA to discuss the best way to keep businesses open, without compromising the safety of patrons, residents and visitors. The enhanced Queen Street pedestrian areas will allow people to move safely in the downtown again while supporting local businesses.

Queen Street will be opened to pedestrians and closed to vehicular traffic on Saturdays and Sundays between Perry Street and Water Street. The sidewalk will also be expanded into the existing on-street parking area on the north side of Queen Street between John Street and Perry Street, while the sidewalk is already wider on the south side of Queen Street in this area.

Public parking is free in the downtown area with nine municipal parking lots available. In addition to municipal parking lots in the downtown, additional private parking will be made available to the public behind the Visitor’s Centre (250 Queen Street), on weekends. On-street parking will continue to be available on the south side of Queen Street between John and Perry. There will also be five new temporary accessible parking spaces added along Perry Street and Water Street to replace the accessible parking spaces unavailable along the closed part of Queen Street.

“A number of other communities have opened their downtown streets and made innovative use of public spaces for pedestrians with great success,” said Scugog Mayor Bobbie Drew. “In these COVID times we can provide additional pedestrian safety and stimulate the economic recovery of our local businesses. Rather than having congested sidewalks, the enhanced pedestrian areas will ensure the community has ample space to dine on local patios and browse local stores while maintaining physical distancing.”

Community feedback will be essential in evaluating and improving the downtown experience. Look for the Township of Scugog tent and project ambassadors to provide your feedback on the Queen Street project.

The Queen Street pedestrian project will commence on July 25 and run each weekend for at least 4 weekends. Depending on the success of the project, there may be an opportunity to extend it to Labour Day weekend. We look forward to seeing many residents and visitors out, enjoying weekend shopping on Queen Street, safely, and socially distanced. Please use hand sanitizer often and remember masks are mandatory while shopping indoors. 

For more information on the project visit my.scugog.ca/queenstreet

 

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Media Contact:
Lori Bowers
Manager Communications and Strategic Initiatives
lbowers@scugog.ca