The redevelopment program of Memorial Square won the top award for tourism

Published on : Tuesday, October 31, 2017

indexDowntown Barrie for its idea and expansion work of Memorial Square for years, won Tourism Barrie’s most prestigious award in the 2017 Toast to Tourism Awards, handed over on Oct. 25th.


The President’s Award emphasizes vision and partnership – two important elements in the $5-million Memorial Square expansion and redevelopment project that will connect downtown with the waterfront of the city. In addition, linking the past, present and future, the Downtown Barrie BIA effort has the private and public sectors working in partnership.


“Downtown Barrie BIA championed the redevelopment of this public space and worked to include the private sector and the community in financially supporting the park envisioned a decade ago as the heart of downtown,” said Tourism Barrie executive director Kathleen Trainor.


“With locals and visitors alike enjoying the patios in the warmer months, with the festivals year-round that celebrate holidays and seasons, this re-energized public space will be the place to be for an array of special events or to simply enjoy the view of the lake. We can’t wait to see what Downtown Barrie has planned in terms of new great events that will be held in the Square.”


Trainor explained that the awards pay tribute to the people every year who work to earn forty five million dollars into Barrie’s economy, as they do their work not only with hospitality, but also with deep rooted financial impact and environmentally sustainability.


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