Towne Square Concept E - Facelift

As part of our plan to revitalize Oakville’s historic downtown, the town is redesigning Towne Square, a small but unique public space located at 210 Lakeshore Road. Building on the work done on the downtown streetscape design, a new design for Towne Square will enhance the vibrancy of the neighbourhood and provide more opportunities for public events.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • If you like some elements from one design, but other elements from another, feel free to take a mix and match approach. Please clearly indicate your preferences in your comments.
  • Most of Towne Square is built over an underground parking garage, making it a challenge to plant trees in the space.


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For more information on this project and additional opportunities to provide input, visit the Towne Square Redevelopment page.

The deadline to provide feedback is January 14, 2019.

  1. Natural green space

    Important to maintain natural green space. Real grass, kids can play while parents supervise on surrounding seating area. Seating areas to be designed for all weather since it’s a high traffic areas throughout all four seasons. The current arrangement is kid friendly and I’d prefer it stay that way. Definitely focus of greenery.

    20 votes
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  2. Real grass please!

    Don’t use turf if you’re trying to create a green space. Keep it real!

    19 votes
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  3. 13 votes
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  4. Love this updated version of the old

    This version gets my vote! No need for water feature. Real Grass, as many trees as you can get in and lots of all-weather seating, plus enough space around to put folding chairs during events! LOVE IT

    11 votes
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  5. This is a nice concept. Real grass should be used. A more natural feel and softer to walk on. Plenty of large trees to provide shade

    Keep the clock now in the square. It fits with a town square and is a convenience when downtown. The music coming from it is nice on special occasions too.
    Lots of large trees to provide shade and the existing water feature on the east wall should also remain

    10 votes
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  6. Concept E!

    Definitely like the facelift option the best. More greenery, more shade, more welcoming and a nice space for all to gather. Can you add a water feature as well as lots of seating too pls? The enhanced greenery in this option will help prevent too much concrete heat.

    11 votes
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  7. A nice "rest stop".

    The more seating the better; it encourages people/consumers to investigate downtown on foot with a "rest stop" available. Add trash containers and probably recycle options. People may have lunch here! I have one query, how many children live in the downtown core, or will be driven there? Shouldn't this be geared more for adults?

    8 votes
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  8. 8 votes
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  9. 8 votes
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  10. I think the 'Facelift' concept is nicer because it incorporates more green space whereas the hybrid option is too concrete

    I travelled to Oslo this past summer, and the city uses very heavy, metal planters as traffic stops. I think this would be a great option over the standing metal pegs seen just south of the main cross walk - https://www.newsinenglish.no/2017/11/07/oslo-uses-flowers-against-terrorists/

    7 votes
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  11. It is my preferred option as a Facelift, since there is so much about the current format that works.

    This is about designing places for people, who are drawn by shade & seating. It must be an attractive, comfortable "destination" no matter where one lives in oakville. Open George Street & part of Lakeshore for events to expand the public area when needed so that stages won't interfere with trees, grass, seating & capacity in the Square itself. Encourage shuttle buses/public transit to Downtown to ease need for parking or "car storage". Return Downtown to pedestrians, strrollers & those biking. No silver bullet to revive Downtown, but attractive "people places" are the best start.

    3 votes
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  12. 4 votes
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  13. Better because there's more grass. ... and please use real grass.

    With so much hardscaping, a large grass area is really needed. The design is also nicer. Much less "busy" looking.

    6 votes
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  14. Smaller west walkway and larger common area with benches, small stage and sound system

    I think the area needs more transformation. Reduce the size of the walkway and increase the grass and seating area. Add some benches for older citizens instead of only stone wall seating. Add a small stage and a sound system the covers the seating area. Trees, grass, flowers, events and sound would provide a very attractive and useable outdoor venue to bring everyone downtown.

    4 votes
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  15. Try to create a modern workspace

    I like Concept E -- more green is always good! Maybe even incorporate free WiFi for productive lunch meetings, to send a quick email, or finish homework for school.

    It would certainly attract more people, have them stay longer in the park, and adds an element of social media-use which younger age groups would be attracted by.

    I'd say spend the money and create a space that's unique and memorable for people to take pictures and be productive in.

    4 votes
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  16. This is a nice concept. Real grass should be used. A more natural feel and softer to walk on. Plenty of large trees to provide shade

    As I said, lots of natural grass and plenty of large shade trees to make sitting comfortable. This square should be a gathering place for young and old. Soften the pavement design. Busy patterns will become outdated quickly.

    5 votes
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  17. Concept e

    Prefer concept E. as much greenery and seating as possible

    5 votes
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  18. 4 votes
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  19. 3 votes
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  20. 2 votes
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