Colour the Square

Posted on Tuesday November 22, 2016

Whitby engages residents to “Colour the Square”

The Town is launching a new initiative to get residents talking about opportunities to bring new life and creativity to Celebration Square.

Our Colour the Square campaign kicks off on Friday, December 2, as we begin to involve residents in the transformation of this unique public asset. To complete this project, the Town is partnering with 8 80 Cities, a Toronto-based organization that specializes in community engagement and public space. Together, the Town and 8 80 Cities, will run a series of pop-up community engagement hubs to gather ideas from residents for animating Celebration Square.

“Celebration Square has the potential to become a premier destination in downtown Whitby,” said Mayor Mitchell. “Creating a more culturally engaging and dynamic downtown will be of great benefit to all residents, and the Colour the Square campaign will be a tool toward achieving that goal.”

Several consultations and an online survey will provide insight on how Celebration Square is currently used and identify new ways for residents to enjoy the space, including programming changes that will create a more welcoming atmosphere.

“We applaud the Town of Whitby and Mayor Mitchell for launching this initiative,” said Ian Ross, Chief Librarian and CEO of Whitby Public Library, whose main branch is located adjacent to the Square. “By bringing renewed focus and life to Celebration Square, this campaign will tremendously benefit the library, our patrons, and our community.”

More information on Colour the Square can be found on the Town’s website.

Maria McDonnell, Manager, MCIP, RPP
Sustainability, Heritage, Downtowns and Community Development
Planning and Development Department
Town of Whitby
Phone: 905.430.4300 x2205 • Email: