It worked in Toronto like a charm and city planners hope it will do the same here.
A new welcome sign is planned for the entrance off the international bridge this summer at a cost of $36,400.
Last summer, the city of Toronto erected a similar sign for the 2015 Pan Am games. It became a tourist attraction in the downtown area.
The Canal District Neighbourhood Plan recommended a public space on the northeast corner of Huron and Queen Street that would serve as a welcome feature for the community. In support of this effort, Planning staff, as part of the City’s Downtown Development Initiative, has been working with The Planning Partnership, a landscape and urban design firm.
A concept plan has been completed and was presented to Council as part of the 2016 Budget deliberations. Funding for this project has been approved, and the welcome feature will be constructed during the summer of 2016.