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. Aligns with Downtown Oakville’s classic look. With a more modern look. The added seating will help with events. The more trees the better!!

    Aligns with Downtown Oakville’s classic look. With a more modern look. The added seating will help with events. The more trees the better!!

    13 votes
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  5. 12 votes
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 9 votes
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  10. E is perfect, that is all that is needed to be done, no more.

    Don't do something for the sake of it or to spent money unnecessarily!

    9 votes
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  11. 8 votes
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  12. 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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  13. 8 votes
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  14. 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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  15. 7 votes
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  16. I like the green aspect of this one

    I think it's important to maintain and create as much green space as possible in an era of climate change. Making sure we're promoting the planting and growth of more trees is important and I would like to keep things as natural as possible.

    7 votes
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  17. 7 votes
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  18. Much better than Concept D

    I still don't particularly care for this pattern on the ground, but it is much better than the wavy lines shown in Concept D. Other than that, this one looks very nice. Any pattern on the ground should be more subtle.

    7 votes
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  19. 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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  20. Kids Love the Square

    Kids use the square all the time. Keep the grass real and go with the plan with the most seating. Wavy lines will look dated quickly. The plantings are great.

    6 votes
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