Broadway wins Great Street in national contest

Hurrah for Broadway!

Broadway, in Orangeville’s downtown, won the Great Street Award and the People’s Choice Award in the Great Places in Canada contest, as announced today by the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Great Places in Canada was created to celebrate and share those places which make one’s community unique and to recognize the work of professional planners.

“Broadway is the hub of the community’s social, cultural, and economic activities,” reads the nomination. “From specialty shops and businesses to historical buildings, from street festivals and popular eateries to unique landscape features, Broadway is a kaleidoscope of all that’s vibrant and interesting about the community’s life.”

“To be great, a street must be a destination in its own right. Broadway fits the bill as an inviting place at the heart of Orangeville,” says professional planner and contest juror Ben Petch. “Historic buildings, contextual redevelopment, and attention to the pedestrian experience combine in a unique place enjoyed daily by shoppers, workers and visitors alike. Institutional uses anchor the street and give it purpose, while restaurants, landscaping, and patios enable people to enjoy the space and enliven the street with activity. Festivals and events regularly invite people to experience the street, and contribute to Broadway’s dynamic character. The jury was impressed by the central role Broadway plays in the community, along with the heritage character and streetscape design.”

Congratulations also go to West End of Vancouver for winning Great Neighbourhood and to Stuart Park in Kelowna for winning Great Public Space.