The Town of Whitby has announced that their Roebuck Street Placemaking Pilot Project was selected for the My Main Street Community Activator program and has received $65,000 to support the closure of Roebuck Street in Downtown Brooklin to vehicles, and open it for community use until September 30, 2022. The temporary space will feature Adirondack Chairs, picnic tables and a beautiful ‘Brooklin’ mural painted by local artists, creating an extension of Grass Park. Learn more about the local artists.

Through the Government of Canada’s My Main Street Community Activator, delivered by the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI), the Town will transform Roebuck Street into a vibrant neighbourhood setting that will draw visitors and increase foot traffic to events, shops and restaurants in Downtown Brooklin. The Town is supported by My Main Street—a two-year, $23.25-million investment by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), delivered by CUI and the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO).

To help evaluate the pilot project, the Town is inviting Whitby residents, visitors and businesses to share their feedback on how they like the space and whether they would like to see the temporary closure of Roebuck Street implemented annually. Anyone interested can complete a short online survey to have their say.

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