Visual Victoria Invites the Community to Reimagine Victoria’s Public Spaces

Residents and local business owners are invited to participate in Visual Victoria, to help reimagine Victoria’s downtown public spaces and rethink the way people get to the places they want to be.

Victoria has one of the most vibrant, walkable and recognizable downtowns in North America.  Public spaces have played a significant role in creating Victoria’s identity and supporting urban vitality. In order to maintain its celebrated character, while identifying improvements to make Victoria even more vibrant, the City is refreshing its vision for the downtown.

Pride crosswalk in front of Centennial Square

Starting next week until early 2017, the City will be seeking feedback from the community on how downtown public spaces can be improved and what changes can be made to make it easier for residents and visitors find their way around downtown.

The community’s feedback will contribute to a new Downtown Public Realm Plan and City-wide Wayfinding Strategy which will be shared with Council in early 2017.

Community events will begin next week with a workshop providing participants an opportunity learn more, share local knowledge and insights about downtown Victoria, help identify what’s important to the community and ways to improve Victoria’s public spaces, as well as be a part of something exciting and transformative in the community.  The workshop will take place on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the McPherson Theatre. A survey will also be available online following the first public event for people that want to provide their feedback, but can’t attend in person.

The community is also invited to drop by CityStudio Victoria at 742 Johnson Street to learn more and provide feedback every Thursday throughout the fall from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. starting Thursday, September 22.