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St. George's Square gets brighter

Web posted on May 18, 2017

Guelph, Ont., May 2017 New lighting is coming to St. George's Square, in downtown Guelph, the week of May 22.

"We're improving St. George's Square by replacing and adding lights to make it more welcoming and safer for downtown visitors," explains Ian Panabaker, corporate manager of Downtown Renewal.

A total of 56 low voltage light emitting diode (LED) spot lights will be installed to ten new pedestrian light poles and eight existing street light poles along the northwest and southwest plazas.

The new lighting will improve energy efficiency and avoid construction in the downtown to replace underground infrastructure for standard lighting.

The installation will be completed by June 2, weather permitting, and will not disrupt access to downtown businesses or the Quebec Street and Wyndham Street North intersection.

"This small-scale upgrade will provide a new way to look at and use St. George's Square by allowing for more evening programming and events," adds Panabaker. "This lighting will support future design work and large-scale plans for St. George's Square through the Downtown Streetscape Manual."

When the City is ready to move forward with a new design for St. George Square, the new lights can be reused within the Square or redeployed to another space in Guelph.

The lighting materials and installation will cost about $76,000.

This City project is being undertaken in partnership with the Downtown Guelph Business Association (DGBA).


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