Plazas, Pathways & Public Spaces

Public Realm Open House and Online Survey

The replacement of the Johnson Street Bridge presents an opportunity to revitalize and create new public space on both sides of the new bridge and improve connectivity for people who walk and cycling through the area. With the new bridge set to open next year, work continues with the community around what the revitalized areas adjacent to the bridge will look like, and how they can be better utilized.

Results of a recent workshop suggested amenities include a desire for  arts and culture performance opportunities either during the day or in the evening, public washrooms, and public art including stand-alone pieces or art incorporated into furnishings or signage.


An open house will be hosted to share results of the stakeholder workshop, collect feedback from residents, and identify preferences for the public realm areas around the new bridge.


  • Date: Wednesday June 1, 2016
  • Location: The 407 – 100 – 407 Swift Street (Mermaids Wharf)
  • Time: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.


An is also available and all feedback collected will help shape the new public plaza spaces that will be constructed in 2018 in the area the current Johnson Street Bridge occupies. To fill out the online survey click here.

New design concepts are available for public feedback, that show how different the new plaza spaces could look and how they could be used with more opportunities for people to view the harbour, experience performances, or take part in recreation activities.

Revised southeast plaza concepts: (click image to enlarge)



Revised southwest plaza concepts: (click image to enlarge)



Previous Engagement

In the summer of 2012, the City consulted the public to seek input on the public realm elements of the Johnson Street Bridge Replacement Project. A number of themes emerged from the feedback:

  • The area is very much seen as a transportation hub, with a desire for enhancing walk ability and cycling connections and improving overall accessibility;
  • Animation of the public realm – supporting opportunities for social gathering through community events, festivals, and entertainment in the plaza areas and new green space area;
  • Creating opportunities to sit and view the harbour;
  • Improving overall safety and introducing elements to encourage traffic calming;
  • The approaches are considered gateways to neighbourhoods.

When asked where to prioritize the public realm budget, the top priorities were:

  • Investing in landscaping;
  • Plaza amenities;
  • Pathway lighting / pedestrian and cyclists’ safety.

In terms of prioritizing investment in plazas, the two south plazas were ranked as most important. The south west plaza was seen to be an opportunity for social gathering and harbor viewing. The south east plaza was seen to be an opportunity for harbour viewing and trail connections. The north east plaza was seen to be a trail connection and social gathering point.

The illustration below demonstrates the changes and additions based on public feedback.

Additions to Public Realm based on feedback

Overall, as a result of the community input, proposed refinements touched on themes such as connectivity, traffic calming, plaza areas, landscaping, and treatment of retaining walls.
Changes based on the input included additional sidewalks and pedestrian crossings, plaza amenities, traffic calming measures, and naturalized landscaping including exposed bedrock.

New renderings have been developed to illustrate what the new spaces will look like. They also demonstrate some of the improvements to pedestrian and cycling connectivity that will come with the new bridge.

Council reports, including the summary of feedback collected from community during the public realm consultation are available on the Council Reports page.

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