Get ready to celebrate at the Main Event

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City of Ottawa

Residents are invited to celebrate the official completion of the Main Street Renewal Project on Saturday, June 17, on Main Street between Clegg and Hazel streets.

The Main Event is a community celebration, hosted by the Community Activities Group of Old Ottawa East and Councillor David Chernushenko, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attractions will include BBQ, a big band, food trucks, a bouncy castle, hay rides, the Safer Roads Ottawa Bike Rodeo, the Main Farmers’ Market and more! Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic for the duration of the event, and local detours will be in place.

Mayor Jim Watson will mark the official completion of the project at 11 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the corner of Main Street and Hazel Street, in front of the new public artwork by Stuart Kinmond, entitled Main2.

Construction for the Main Street Renewal Project began in May of 2015. The project involved a renewal of the street’s infrastructure following “complete street” principles, linking the street together as a unified corridor while creating memorable places along it and supporting the character of its communities. Main Street’s residents, businesses, visitors and commuters will benefit from this renewal in many ways, including:

  • Reduced and calmed car traffic
  • Safer and wider sidewalks for pedestrians
  • Safe cycle track for cyclists
  • An improved streetscape (new lighting, furniture, trees and plantings, public art, parking solutions, signage, and surface treatments)