GREEN the PLAZA
We, the undersigned, ask the City of Windsor to
consider greening the Riverfront
Festival Plaza as part of the Central Riverside Implementation Plan (CRIP). Specifically, we ask
that the city consider incorporating elements of grass, trees, shade
structures, and elevation to the grounds east of the Festival Stage. The
grounds are currently paved, resulting in a parking lot-type atmosphere that is
hot in the summer, loud during concerts, and generally uninviting to the public
during non-event times. We propose Windsor look to cities such as Chicago,
Calgary, Peterborough, Whistler, and Winnipeg, all of which have successfully
incorporated green elements around their permanent, outdoor festival stages.
We believe that by offering a green, shaded, and more livable public space, Windsor’s Riverfront Festival Plaza will afford city residents increased recreational, economic, and cultural opportunities by attracting more people to the downtown area and encouraging more event organizers to utilize the venue.
We believe that Windsor’s Riverfront is one of the city’s most precious public spaces and we wish to see the greening of Riverfront Festival Plaza be meaningfully incorporated into the CRIP.