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 June 22nd, 2017 (Barrie, ON)

Meridian Place_Memorial Square – Development Update

The Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA), City of Barrie and supporting sponsors are excited about the start of construction at the new Meridian Place, which involves enhancements to the existing Memorial Square as well as the creation of a brand new public venue to be known as Meridian Place.

Construction will involve clearing and levelling of the entire area to manage the significant grade change from Dunlop Street to Simcoe Street. All hard and soft surfaces, infrastructure and trees will be removed. This includes the two large coniferous trees in the square. An arborist has confirmed that neither tree would survive either a ‘build out’ around them or a ‘transplant’ to a new location. Furthermore, because of the urban environment that they are currently in, the overall health of the trees is poor.

We are looking forward to planting 30 new trees in place of the original conifers that will be strategically placed to ensure optimal long-term growth and health of the trees; tree placement will respect both the design aesthetics and the function of the new venue – including sight lines and shade provision.

Please refer to the venue website for artist renderings as reference:

The new Meridian Place_Memorial Square will be the ‘event epicentre’ of the Downtown; this will include the kick-off to the festive season with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. With the new venue enhancements, we will have the opportunity to expand this celebration further. Over the past two years, and in anticipation of this new space, we have begun planning for an enhanced Tree & Festive Lighting Ceremony, and Santa Claus Parade which will all be part of Noella – a new event brand. Noella will run from mid-November to New Year’s Eve! We are looking forward to featuring an iconic fully lit Christmas Tree each festive season, working with The Rotary Club of Barrie to expand their beautiful animated light displays into Meridian Place, as well as The Chamber of Commerce to enhance the Santa Claus parade. Bolstered by the City of Barrie’s impressive festive fireworks, Noella will fast become a signature festival for our region and beyond.

About Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA)

The Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) is committed to marketing the Downtown, facilitating events, influencing policy and investing in the public realm to deliver an exceptional Downtown experience.

About Meridian Place

Meridian Place is a large public gathering and outdoor event space in the centre of the city that will become a conduit to the waterfront in Downtown Barrie. It will include the historically significant Nine Mile Portage tier and the state of the art performance stage on the lower tier and will share the space with the redeveloped Memorial Square on the upper tier


Contact: Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA)
Craig Stevens, Managing Director
Office: 705-734-1414
Email: [email protected]


City of Barrie
Scott LaMantia, Senior Communications Advisor
705-739-4220 x4529
[email protected]