Work is underway on a project that will see a new, permanent space for the public established in Mitton Village, bringing the community together and fostering civic pride.
Residents in the area may have noticed features of the pop-up parkette at the 135 Mitton St. South municipal parking lot being removed over the past week as the City prepares to reconstruct the lot, and create a permanent parkette at the site.
Mitton Village is one of two Community Improvement Plan (CIP) areas identified for investments under the City’s 2020 CIP. It is hoped that City-driven public-realm enhancements will encourage more businesses to invest in Mitton Village and utilize incentives under the 2020 CIP.
“It’s great to see this project moving forward, not only to replace parking infrastructure, but also to create a permanent outdoor space in the area, providing a place for the community to gather and grow while driving civic pride and encouraging further investment in Mitton Village,” said Manager of Planning Eric Hyatt.
The parkette will feature tree-shaded areas alongside permanent seating and support infrastructure for active transportation. The improvements were guided by public consultations supported by the City’s Mitton Village Community Development Advisory Committee, and through the development of the City’s CIP.
The desire for public realm improvements was highlighted by the success of a pop-up parkette installed by the City in June 2022 with support from the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative. The pop-up parkette featured eight picnic tables painted by local artists, minor landscaping, and features such as a community bulletin board and Little Free Library.
Beyond complete reconstruction of the parking lot, the project will include the installation of new lighting, alongside decorative concrete, planters and tree wells for the parkette. Construction is expected to start this week and wrap up in November, with the parkette’s trees, plants and street furniture to be installed in 2023.