#BurlON til June 5

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#BurlON ’til Sept 5

#BurlON Til September 5 As summer comes winding down to an end and the Labour…

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#BurlON – til June 6

After anxiously waiting for spring’s slow arrival we have been suddenly introduced to summer with…

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#BurlON til May 9

Welcome spring!  There are numerous spring activities in #BurlON to get you outside and enjoying…

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Downtown Plan moving forward

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – for immediate release

Downtown Plan moving forward

Council-approved Lakeshore Road streetscape furniture will showcase downtown’s historic character

The revitalization of Lakeshore Road took a big step forward last night when Council approved the bridge railing, the lighting and the furniture selections (streetlight poles, benches, bollards, bike rings) for downtown Oakville.

“Thanks to public input we have streetscape furniture and materials that truly reflects what our residents want to see in Oakville’s historic downtown,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “We look forward to creating a vibrant Lakeshore Road that showcases the best of Oakville’s livability, history and distinct character.”

Community input has been vital throughout the Lakeshore Road East Reconstruction and Streetscape Project. After extensive public consultation both in-person and on-line, a traditional style of streetscape furniture was approved by Council on October 3, 2016, and specific furniture pieces were selected by residents’ and businesses in December.

With Council’s approval last night, staff will begin incorporating the selections into the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project, slated to start in 2019, and into the overall Downtown Transportation and Streetscape (DTS) Master Plan for other roads in downtown as they are reconstructed. The new curbs and pavers will be included in the new construction of Lakeshore Road Bridge at Sixteen Mile Creek which is expected to be completed in December 2017. Staff have also reported to the Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee and requested a heritage permit for the furnishings.

It should be noted that the town’s standard for LED fixture colour temperature is 4000K. With town’s public outreach resulting in a clear preference for 3000K for the streetlights within the historic downtown commercial district, Council approved staff’s recommendation to retrofit 3000K LED fixtures on existing decorative poles in the town’s other commercial districts – Kerr Village and Bronte Village. In addition, while there was clear preference for the existing streetlight pole and acorn fixture styles, staff will be reporting back to Council during the final engineering design phase on the costs of refurbishing the existing poles and retrofitting the LED fixtures, or installing new poles to match the existing styles.

Moving forward, staff will continue to work on developing options for a flexible/curbless look for Lakeshore Road and will launch a separate public engagement process this spring with a report due back to Council later in the year.

Background

The Downtown Plan, launched in December 2013, is comprised of the Downtown Cultural Hub Study (DCH), and the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS).

The DTS was approved by Council in April 2015. This study assessed the current traffic and roadway conditions in downtown Oakville and created recommendations to enhance the roadways, beautify streets, improve pedestrian/cycle ways and revitalize the Towne Square, by introducing design standards as well as increasing connectivity, mobility and accessibility. In November 2015 Council approved the timing for the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project to commence in 2019 and be completed over a two year period. In addition, the Lakeshore Road Bridge over Sixteen Mile Creek is now closed for reconstruction and will reopen in December 2017.


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Halloween Fun 2016

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s time to break out the decorations and plan your costume as Hallowe’en the most “Spooktacular” timeo of the year is upon us! In  Burlington Halloween events are plentiful which means I will … Continue reading →

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Oakville celebrates bigger and better Culture Days

Monday, September 26, 2016 – for immediate release

Oakville celebrates bigger and better Culture Days

Free music, dance, theatre and art activities from September 30 to October 2, 2016

Oakville is showcasing its love of culture by expanding its Culture Days celebration with more free activities and performances offered at multiple locations throughout town from September 30 to October 2.

“By expanding Culture Days the town is helping residents learn about and celebrate the diverse community we have here in Oakville,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “I encourage residents of all ages to take part in this year’s activities and help share in Oakville’s vibrant arts and culture scene.”

As part of the nation-wide Culture Days festivities, Oakville will offer opportunities for residents to explore music, dance, visual arts and theatre at multiple locations including Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC), Towne Square, Oakville Public Library, Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park, Oakville Galleries and various local businesses.

Highlights from this year’s lineup include: youth lip sync battle, Oakville Improv Kids class workshop, all ages clay drop-in, Caribbean Association steel pan workshop and performance, Oakville Quilters Guild Nine Patch Bonanza, beginner belly dance classes, performance by the Circle of Harmony a capella chorus, and curator’s tour of Judith Scott sculptures at Oakville Galleries.

A full schedule of events and registration details are available on the Culture Days page. Online registration is now open for select programs. Pre-registration opens on September 30 at 9 a.m. at QEPCCC.

Participants are also encouraged to share photos of their Culture Days activities on Twitter or the town’s Facebook page with #CultureDaysOakville for a chance to win a $100 Recreation and Culture program credit. For contest details, visit the Culture Days page.

Culture Days is a grassroots nation-wide movement that aims to raise awareness, participation and engagement in the arts and cultural life of Canadian communities.


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Musical Moments outdoor piano project kicks off on August 15, 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 – for immediate release

Musical Moments outdoor piano project kicks off on August 15, 2016

Oakville residents and visitors are invited to create their own musical moment by playing a tune on brightly-coloured pianos popping up in various outdoor locations from August 15 to 31, 2016.

The town’s Musical Moments project, in partnership with Merriam Music, is a simple and creative way for the community to engage with arts and culture while showcasing their own musical talent.

Six pianos, painted by Oakville youth attending summer camps and the Oakville Children’s Festival, will be placed at Towne Square, Westwood Park, Coronation Park, Bronte Village, and Glen Abbey and Iroquois Ridge community centres.

Piano players of all ages and abilities are encouraged to share a video of their musical performance on Merriam Music’s Facebook page, using #OakvilleMakesMusic for a chance to win great prizes. The contest runs from August 15 to 31, 2016.

Musical Moments is part of the Town of Oakville’s Summer Cultural Connection events series. Visit the Summer Cultural Connection page for more information.


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Pokémon GO while visiting Burlington

Have you heard about Pokémon GO?  We kid, even if you would never play Pokémon GO, chances are you’ve heard of it.  I have to admit that while I wasn’t an early adapter who managed to download it before it was available in … Continue reading →

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Oakville Museum hosts Emancipation Day Family Picnic at Erchless Estate

Thursday, July 21, 2016 – for immediate release

Oakville Museum hosts Emancipation Day Family Picnic at Erchless Estate

A celebration of history, courage and freedom on August 1, 2016

The Oakville Museum, in partnership with the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton, invites everyone to celebrate a significant achievement in Canadian history at the annual Emancipation Day Family Picnic on the grounds of Erchless Estate on Monday, August , 1, 2016, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The special event commemorates August 1, 1834 — the day slavery was abolished in Canada and throughout the British Empire. The Emancipation Day picnic dates back to 1850, when African Canadians from across the nation would gather at Oakville’s George’s Square to honour their journey to freedom.

“We’re very proud of Oakville’s connection to the abolishment of slavery and the annual picnic is a chance for the community to celebrate that important part of our town’s heritage,” said Mayor Rob Burton.

The free afternoon will feature music, dance, games, crafts and activities highlighting Oakville’s role in the Underground Railroad as a port of entry to Canada. Live lakeside entertainment will include performances by Beyond Sound Empijah, The Hope Centre Gospel Choir and CCAH Steel Pan Performers.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a lawn chair and pack a picnic lunch or purchase delicious food from Mixed Grill BBQ. An ice cream truck will also be onsite.

The Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate is located at 8 Navy Street in downtown Oakville and is easily accessible by foot, bike or public transit. Visit the Oakville Transit website for routes and schedules.

For more information on this event or other Oakville Museum programs and activities, visit the Oakville Museum page or call 905-338-4400.


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