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Town prepares for reconstruction of Lakeshore Road Bridge at Sixteen Mile Creek

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – for immediate release

Town prepares for reconstruction of Lakeshore Road Bridge at Sixteen Mile Creek

Bridge closes the week of January 30; reopens December 2017

During the week of January 30, 2017, the Lakeshore Road Bridge over Sixteen Mile Creek will be closed until December 2017 to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians in both directions. The bridge is being reconstructed as part of the overall Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape project.

A detour route around the bridge will be provided via Kerr Street, Rebecca Street and Navy Street. All businesses, the library, the theatre and Centennial Pool remain open and accessible during construction.

“The town is moving forward with a much needed project to reconstruct Lakeshore Road East starting with the bridge. Changing the streetscape in downtown Oakville will help pave the way for a revitalized downtown,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We appreciate everyone’s patience during construction and remind you that it is business as usual in downtown Oakville.”

Once complete, the new bridge will include two travel lanes and bikes lanes. There will also be a wider pedestrian sidewalk with a barrier wall to separate the sidewalk and vehicular traffic. New pedestrian railings and lookouts will be included as well as LED lighting. The Lakeshore Road approaches to the bridge between Navy Street and Forsythe Street will also be reconstructed.

On January 5, 2017, in preparation for the bridge closure, Navy Street was permanently converted to two-way traffic between Lakeshore and Rebecca/Randall streets. Signs are posted around the area to notify drivers of the change. As part of the Council approved Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS), Navy Street is one of several streets in downtown Oakville scheduled to be converted to two-way operation. The other streets are still in the detailed design phase and are scheduled to be converted in 2018.

Another addition to Downtown Oakville is the new pedestrian crossover device at the intersection of Navy Street and Church Street (in front of Centennial Square). Several new crossovers are planned to be installed across town in 2017 starting with the Navy and Church street location. Pedestrian crossovers have specific pavement markings and crossing signs. There are three types of crossovers. The crossover at Navy and Church has poles, flashing beacons above the signs and pedestrian push buttons. Unlike pedestrian crosswalks at traffic signal locations, at a crossover, drivers and cyclists must stop behind the yield line and wait until the pedestrian completely crosses the road before proceeding.

With Lakeshore Road East (Navy Street to Allan Street) coming to the end of its lifespan and needing a major reconstruction, the town undertook extensive research and public consultation to identify broader opportunities to improve traffic, beautify streets and improve pedestrian/cycle ways in the downtown. In October 2015, Council approved the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project as part of the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS) study. The Lakeshore Bridge at Sixteen Mile Creek reconstruction is taking place in advance of the road project as inspections of the bridge revealed its condition warrants immediate attention.

For details about this project, please visit the Lakeshore Road Bridge Reconstruction page. Additional information will be posted online as the projects progress. You can also contact ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601.


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Centennial Square lands not for sale

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 – for immediate release

Centennial Square lands not for sale

Council provides clear direction to staff on options for the Downtown Cultural facilities

Planning and Development Council members provided clear direction to staff on Monday night when they unanimously approved a motion brought forth by Mayor Rob Burton that recognized that the Centennial Square lands are an important public asset that should remain under public ownership and not be considered for sale under any option for the Downtown Cultural Hub.

“Centennial Square has a special place in the hearts of residents and should remain protected for public use,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “While it will be necessary to monetize some of the property the town owns in the downtown to make new cultural facilities more affordable to taxpayers, we can do this without selling the historic Centennial Square.”

Council is expected to consider the Downtown Cultural Hub later in the spring with information they requested in the fall.

As requested by Council, over the next six to eight weeks, the town will be undertaking a telephone and online public opinion survey to gather input on the Downtown Cultural hub from residents across the town. Staff will also be providing Council with the public input received on the Downtown Oakville Growth Area Review which is looking at how you can grow the downtown in a manner which preserves its historic character while bringing in enough new growth to ensure the long-term vitality of the downtown. In addition staff will be providing further information on how to move forward with the cultural facilities in partnership with public and private groups.

According to Jane Clohecy, commissioner, Community Development for the town, “The Downtown Cultural Hub project will likely be the most significant investment in public infrastructure in our community. We need to provide the public and Council with as much information as possible to assist them in making their decision.”

For more information visit the Downtown Cultural Hub project page.


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Oakville announces Pan Am Torch Relay route and celebration details

Friday, June 05, 2015 – for immediate release

Oakville announces Pan Am Torch Relay route and celebration details

Town receives $5,000 Torch Relay Community Grant from Province

Oakville residents are invited to ignite their community spirit as the Pan Am flame travels through Oakville on Tuesday, June 23 ending with a free community celebration in Centennial Square from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

“Oakville is excited to be a part of the Pan Am Games journey,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “I encourage residents to join in the celebration and help cheer on our community’s Pan Am torchbearers and local athletes who are competing in this international event.”

Residents are encouraged to cheer on the Pan Am torchbearers along the route. The relay begins at 3:50 p.m. on Dorval Drive at Lakeshore Road and will travel east on Lakeshore Road to Shipyard Park where torchbearer Camille Looper of the Burloak Canoe Club will board a war canoe and paddle up Sixteen Mile Creek to the docks of the club. Back on land, community torchbearer Lynn Petruskavich will carry the flame into Centennial Square at approximately 4:45 p.m. After a brief stop in the square, the flame will make its way east on Lakeshore Road to Burgundy Drive completing its Oakville route before traveling to Brampton.

Centennial Square will come alive with Pan Am spirit and plenty of entertainment including sports displays by the Oakville Soccer and Basketball Clubs, cultural performances by the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton, a Road to the Podium community chalk art mural, the singing of “O Canada” by 13-year-old Abbey McCay, and a musical performance by JUNO award-winning Canadian Aboriginal singer Susan Aglukark.

The town received $5,000 to help fund the community celebration event through the Government of Ontario’s Torch Relay Community Grant program.

The Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President’s Choice® and OLG will end its 41-day journey in Toronto on July 10, 2015, when it lights the cauldron at the opening ceremony, signifying the start of the TORONTO2015 Pan Am Games.

Information on the Oakville celebration is available on oakville.ca, or visit the Pan Am 2015 website to follow the torch relay.


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Oakville’s new Summer Cultural Connection debuts June 6, 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015 – for immediate release

Oakville’s new Summer Cultural Connection debuts June 6, 2015

Downtown will come alive with farmers’ market and cultural events supported by Union Gas

Downtown Oakville will come alive with cultural events and activities every Saturday from June to October thanks to Oakville’s Summer Cultural Connection, a new summer events initiative launched by the Town of Oakville and supported by a generous $40,000 donation from Union Gas.

“Oakville is a community where culture engages, inspires and thrives,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Thanks to the generous donation from Union Gas, residents will have the opportunity to enjoy Summer Cultural Connection events throughout the summer.”

The Summer Cultural Connection will include:

a farmers’ market and creative cultural programming featuring town partners and local organizations at Centennial Square and on Navy Street every Saturday from June 6 to October 31, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
weekend recreational events at Lakeside Park
a series of exciting pop-up events related to monthly themes of recreation, sport, culture, and heritage.

“At Union Gas we work hard to share our success with the more than 400 communities we serve,” said Mark Emmanuel-Egbedeyi, district manager, Hamilton Halton, Union Gas. “We’re thrilled to support the Town of Oakville’s Summer Cultural Connection which supports the advancement and development of cultural programming that helps make the community even more vibrant.”

The town invites any interested local arts, cultural, heritage, sport or recreation organizations to participate in showcasing their cultural activities as part of the Summer Cultural Connection. Interested organizations are encouraged to contact events@oakville.ca for more information.

The Downtown Cultural Hub Study, part of the Downtown Plan, will explore opportunities to create a downtown cultural and performing arts space that will form a cultural, social, and economic hub for our community. For more information, visit the Downtown Plan page.


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Oakville Announces Community Torchbearer for Pan Am Games Torch Relay

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 – for immediate release

Oakville Announces Community Torchbearer for Pan Am Games Torch Relay

Lynn Petruskavich, a woman on a mission to inspire active living and bring healthy food options into Oakville’s schools and neighbourhoods, will be the town’s community torchbearer in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President’s Choice® and OLG.

“It’s such an honour to represent a town that I love so much,” said Petruskavich. “As a mom and enthusiastic volunteer, it’s incredibly validating to be recognized in a way that reinforces what I teach my kids – that some of the most rewarding and meaningful contributions you can make in the world don’t always come with a pay cheque.”

Tired of attending school events that didn’t offer healthy food options, Petruskavich persuaded her daughters’ school to let her start a Healthy Schools initiative to showcase vegetables and fruits at school events. She also organized several “Walk & Wheel Wednesday” campaigns to encourage students and families to get active together by walking or bicycling to school. In addition to her involvement with schools, Petruskavich is a fitness instructor at the Oakville YMCA where she is well known for her infectious enthusiasm and motivational classes.

“The Pan Am Games Torch Relay stops in Oakville on June 23 and we’re very proud to have Lynn Petruskavich carry the Pan Am flame and represent the town,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Her volunteer work and passion for health and fitness is a great example of community spirit in Oakville.”

The torch relay starts May 30 and ends on July 10. Each of the 3,000 torchbearers will complete an approximately 200-metre long relay segment as the torch makes its way to Toronto for the dramatic lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony.

Plans are underway for an exciting community event to celebrate the torch’s arrival in Oakville at Centennial Square on Tuesday, June 23. Details including specific timing and special guests will be announced in May.

Visit the Oakville Pan Am Games page to learn more about Lynn Petruskavich. For more information about the torch relay, visit TORONTO2015 Torch Relay website.


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Town plans Centennial Square celebration for Oakville’s Olympic athletes — September 15

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 – for immediate release

Town plans Centennial Square celebration for Oakville’s Olympic athletes — September 15

Are you ready to give Oakville’s 2012 Olympic heroes a standing ovation? Mayor Rob Burton and Members of Council have invited local Olympians Adam van Koeverden, Diana Matheson, Douglas Csima, Kyle Jones, Tera Van Beilen and Mark Oldershaw to a public reception on Saturday, September 15 starting at 2 p.m. in downtown Oakville’s Centennial Square.

To kick start the celebrations, a motorcade will transport the Olympians along Lakeshore Road in downtown Oakville to Centennial Square for the official reception and autograph session.

“Oakville’s athletes really stood out in London,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “They trained for years and their hard work paid off. I’m hoping everyone will join me in publicly recognizing their accomplishments by coming out to give them a proper hometown welcome.”

Outstanding Olympic results by Oakville athletes include:

Adam van Koeverden’s silver medal in the men’s kayak single (K1) 1000m
Douglas Csima’s silver medal in the men’s 8 + rowing competition
Diana Matheson’s winning goal and bronze medal as part of the women’s soccer team
Mark Oldershaw’s bronze medal in the men’s C-1 1000m
Kyle Jones as the highest finishing Canadian triathlete in the London Olympics
Tera Van Beilen’s near berth in the finals of the 100m breaststroke

Residents interested in volunteering at the celebration can contact Elizabeth Tamas at etamas@oakville.ca.

More details will be available soon. You can also follow the town on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

Centennial Square is located at the corner of Lakeshore Road and Navy Street, in front of the Oakville Public Library and the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts.

Media contact

Michael Mendel
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3788
mmendel@oakville.ca


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Approved plan sets path for renewed downtown

Downtown Oakville Strategic Action Plan will guide change to 2030

Last night, Council approved an innovative strategic action plan that will guide the future of downtown Oakville over the next 20 years. The Downtown Oakville Strategic Action Plan outlines opportunities to develop and further enhance Oakville’s downtown as a sustainable, well-designed and accessible area while protecting its unique historic character.

“Today we are one step closer to achieving our vision of being the most livable town in Canada,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Council, staff, residents and the business community have worked together over the last year to ensure downtown Oakville had a strategic action plan that addresses a number of issues from transportation and accessibility to retail and cultural heritage. The town will work with all community partners to ensure downtown Oakville realizes its full potential as a vibrant destination for both residents and visitors.”

The Downtown Oakville Strategic Action Plan confirms the vision for downtown identified in the Livable Oakville Plan, and outlines through twelve strategic initiatives, how the town and key stakeholders will address critical factors including cultural heritage, urban design and streetscape, public facilities, economics, transportation, and sustainability.

Some of the key projects include:

Planning to revitalize the Centennial Square facilities (Central Library, Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts and Centennial Pool) as a mixed-use culture hub and major open space feature
Undertaking the process to designate downtown Oakville as a heritage conservation district
Evaluating transportation, mobility and accessibility elements and recommending improvements
Reviewing the role and function of municipal cultural facilities and activities in downtown
Evaluating future options for the Post Office site on Church Street

Ward 3 Councillors Mary Chapin and Keith Bird delivered strong support for the plan and words of enthusiasm.

“The Downtown Oakville Strategic Action Plan gives shape to downtown Oakville’s future, and balances the priorities of businesses and residents to ensure the area remains vibrant and livable for everyone,” said Councillor Chapin.

“This is a plan the community can really take ownership of, having given solid input to the town at workshops and meetings throughout the spring,” Councillor Bird added.

During the public engagement process for the Livable Oakville Plan, ways to improve downtown Oakville were consistently at the forefront of conversations with the community, town staff and Council. As a result, a Downtown Oakville Strategic Review was launched in July 2009 which included six months of consultation, research and community collaboration with diverse stakeholder groups, including business and resident associations, property owners, councillors and the public. Over 100 participants representing nearly 30 interest groups participated in the process, and 48 property owners in the study area responded to a confidential on-line survey.

“The Downtown Oakville Strategic Action Plan will fulfill community aspirations for this important area of town,” said Dana Anderson, director of Planning Services. “From the beginning each step has been supported by dedicated and involved stakeholder groups, and we look forward to working with them as we move ahead with this important action plan for the town.”

Details on the plan can be found on the Downtown Oakville Strategic Action Plan web page.

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Dana Anderson
Director, Planning Services
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 6020
danderson@oakville.ca          

Gisèle Shaw
Manager, Corporate Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3166
gshaw@oakville.ca


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