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Friday, August 12, 2011

Breaking: Carden Street Reopening Tomorrow

Breaking new this morning that will surely please everyone that's talked, yelled, e-mailed, blasted Led Zeppelin at or sent snarky visual aids to City Hall about the ongoing (and going) construction on Carden Street: It'll be open as of tomorrow evening.
Read the city's press release below:
GUELPH, ON, August 12, 2011 – Starting tomorrow evening, vehicles will be able to travel on Carden Street while construction continues on the rink, water feature, pavilion, seating areas, trees and landscaping in Guelph’s Market Square.
"Crews are still working on site, so we ask that people drive carefully in the area," says Richard Henry, City Engineer. "Drivers will be able to travel one way, eastbound, between Wilson Street and Wyndham Street, and there are more than 30 parking spaces in front of the shops and restaurants."
When Guelph’s Market Square, rink, water feature and pavilion are completed in December, Carden Street will accommodate two-way traffic and parking.
"We are very excited to see the square taking shape," says Ian Panabaker, the City’s Corporate Manager of Downtown Renewal. "At this point we can begin to see how big and beautiful it will be when it’s finished. This December, we get to skate in the square for the very first time and people will keep coming downtown, year after year, to skate in the winter and cool off in the summer. It will be the perfect spot to enjoy a festival, special event, or to just hang out."
The City plans to pour the concrete for the rink next month, and is already working on the oval-shaped glass pavilion which will house public washrooms, lockers, seating and a drinking fountain. The pavilion will also store the zamboni and the controls for the rink and water feature.
"Unfortunately, initial submissions to build the pavilion exceeded the approved budget," add Henry. "We had to re-work the design of the building and re-tender this part of the project, and that’s set us back by about three months on the square.”
The City is already making plans for a grand opening and other events to welcome people to Guelph’s Market Square. Event announcements and project updates will be available at guelph.ca/construction.
Guelph’s Market Square is designed to create a beautiful community space that will serve as a year-round setting for civic and cultural events and daily shopping. In front of City Hall, the square will feature an outdoor rink and water feature, seating areas, trees and landscaping and an oval-shaped glass pavilion to house washrooms, lockers, seating and a water fountain. The rink is funded in part by Federal and Provincial Recreations Infrastructure Funds. As part of the project, the City is completely renewing Carden Street including watermains, sewers, sidewalks, landscaping and a new paver brick surface. Construction started in August 2010 and will continue through December 2011.

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