Downtown Vibrancy Project

Call to Indigenous Artists Residing in the Treaty 20 Area


(The place where the heart of the canoe beats)

Canoe Art Project
Nogojiwanong | Peterborough, ON
Call for Submission of Artworks
Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA)

Deadline: 4pm on 21st June 2019
Contact: Dawn Pond (

The Downtown Vibrancy Project Committee invites Indigenous artists residing in the Treaty No. 20 area to submit their proposals for a public artwork to be installed close to the Otonabee River, Peterborough, ON. The specific site is located at the corner of Water Street and King Street in the community’s downtown core. Peterborough, Ontario is also known as Nogojiwanong (the Place at the Foot of the Rapids) which is part of the territories of the Michi Saagiig Anishinaabe Peoples. This area has been recognized for its strong connection with the canoe. From canoe paddling and portage routes to canoe building this land is rich with canoe history. The culture of the Michi Saagiig Anishinaabe peoples and their traditional connection with canoe travel in this area is strongly rooted in this project.





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Envision the most vibrant downtown… What do you see?

The Downtown Vibrancy Project is an exciting new collaboration led by the Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) that aims to rejuvenate the Downtown area of Peterborough. The goal of the Downtown Vibrancy Project is to demonstrate the potential for beautification of our Downtown core through citizen action and to create valuable and ecologically friendly public gathering spaces.

The project is guided by a few main themes: sustainability, landscape, public space, transportation, and public art.

Under-utilized downtown spaces will be converted into connective green spaces to create healthier, more vibrant spaces for the community and the environment. The transformations will take place in multiple sites over the next three years. This work will start at the first site in October 2018 in partnership with Depave Paradise. The first site is located at the South end of Millennium Park next to the footbridge and will be part of a larger rejuvenation project by the City of Peterborough set to start in 2019. This year, through Depave Paradise, new green infrastructure will be created at this site in the form of a large rain garden to reduce the risk of downtown flooding.

The Downtown Vibrancy Project needs your help! Envision the most vibrant downtown… What do you see? Let us know!

Also, the Depave and planting process will be completed with the help of volunteers. This is an exciting opportunity to take part in making a vibrant Peterborough, a reality. Get in touch if you would like to get involved!

This collaborative project is led and funded in part by the DBIA. It is also made possible due to generous funding from Ontario Trillium Fund, and exciting partnerships with Depave Paradise, Basterfield Landscape Architects, City of Peterborough, Green Communities Canada, and the hard work of local volunteers and businesses.

Program History

The Downtown Vibrancy Project is a collaborative project led by a sub-committee of the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA). Michael Gallant, of LETT Architects, is the chair person. 2018 is the inaugural year of a three-year project that will form a connective areas of green space downtown.

Program Contact Information

 Dawn Pond
 Depave Paradise and Vibrancy Project Coordinator
Phone: 705-745-3238 ext. 200
Fax: 705-745-4413


City of Peterborough

City of Peterborough

Green Communities Canada

Green Communities Canada

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area

Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area