Funding boosts Stayner Downtown Revitalization Project

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Clearview Township has received $187,675 from the My Main Street Community Activator program for Phase one of the Stayner Downtown Revitalization Project.

At a special council meeting on Dec. 17, Mayor Doug Measures welcomed the staff report from general manager of parks, culture and recreation Terry Vachon that outlined the details of the grant funding for the Stayner Centennial Park and Trailhead Amenities project.

“Clearview Township acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario,” said Measures. “I am thankful to our staff that worked on this grant application and I look forward to the next stages of the Stayner Downtown revitalization that will encourage visitors to stop, explore, and discover Clearview Township.”

Providing support for projects that seek to revitalize neighbourhoods and re-imagine public spaces as vibrant and inclusive places that work for everyone, My Main Street is administered by the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) in partnership with the Economic Development Council of Ontario (EDCO) and funded by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

“Since COVID-19, the township has been developing projects that encourage more outdoor amenities, plus access to parks, trails and green spaces. This placemaking project will encourage more people to visit,

spend locally and enjoy downtown Stayner,” said Vachon. “The project will benefit our downtown with increased access to green space and trails, the installation of benches to allow for small groups to gather, and lighting on the trail network to allow longer hours for walking and cycling, reducing overcrowding and improving safety.”

My Main Street is a $23.25-million investment by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario to support the recovery and revitalization of main streets and local businesses in southern Ontario.

The funding will be used specifically to support the following portions of Phase one:

• Centennial Park and Trailhead Amenities – The parkland portion of Phase one of the Stayner Downtown Open Spaces Master Plan.

• Improvements to Brock Street and the corner of Highway 26 – The addition of a 24-space parking lot on Brock Street, including bike racks, accessible spaces and barrier- free curbs. The goal is to create a welcoming and attractive place for

visitors to stop, shop and explore downtown Stayner.

• The Train Trail – Starting in Stayner and leading into Collingwood, and on to Meaford, the trail will be aligned to improve safety for users.

For more information about the Stayner Downtown Revitalization project, including concept and engineered drawings, visit www.

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