Carl Zehr Square outside City Hall was built in 1993. We’re repairing, retrofitting or replacing the infrastructure to make it more durable and functional for the future.

On this page:

  1. Project overview
  2. Construction schedule

Project overview

The City Hall Outdoor Spaces Rehabilitation Project is the plan to improve infrastructure components at the site and surrounding streets and modernize the functionality and accessibility of the space.

In February 2020, council awarded a tender for the project. We’re repairing the parking garage waterproofing membrane, drainage infrastructure and surface paving. We will replace the ice rink and water feature.

Review these documents for more information:

Construction schedule

This project has two phases.

Phase one

Renovations to Carl Zehr Square and its water feature are complete:

  • the water feature operates as a splash pad from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. daily
  • from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., it operates as a wading pool
  • the fountain shuts off at 10:30 p.m. nightly

Remaining work around Carl Zehr Square and along College Street is complete.

Phase two

Phase two includes this work:

  • Young Street between the City Hall doors and King Street: complete
  • Young Street between the City Hall doors and the parking garage ramp: scheduled to be complete by the end of July
  • raised garden on Duke Street: scheduled to be complete by mid-August
  • parking garage ramp closure: beginning early August, one side at a time

Phase two is scheduled to be complete in October 2023.