Centennial Square Action Plan

Every great city has a dynamic public square where people gather for celebrations, play, or quiet contemplation.

Around the world, civic squares function as the heart of a city’s downtown. They provide something for everyone year round, including a place to gather for celebration, a place to sit and relax, play elements for people of all ages, and a unique attraction that makes it a destination for residents and visitors.

Council Direction

Community input received through the development of the City's Downtown Public Realm Plan helped to identify Centennial Square as a priority public space for improvement.

The plan's key strategies to bring more vibrancy to Centennial Square include:

  • Increase ground-level commercial and cafe/restaurant space in the area
  • Facilitate temporary installations such as cafe kiosks or food trucks in the Square
  • Improve the Square's connections with Douglas Street
  • Incorporate play elements to make the space welcoming for children and families
  • Introduce new surface material to complement the existing heritage brick

This input along with feedback from a stakeholder working group representing residents, community groups, businesses, arts and culture groups, festival users, and heritage representatives has helped to further identify key themes and areas for improvement for Centennial Square.

Council has directed staff to develop a draft action plan to guide future programming and design improvements over the short (1-2 years) and medium term (2-5 years), with a long-term framework that identifies redevelopment options in the future.

We want to hear from you!

We need your ideas and input on how to transform Centennial Square into a destination that offers something for everyone.

Here is how you can provide input:

1) Complete the short online survey by Monday, August 6

2) Visit our tent at an upcoming FREE event in Centennial Square:

3) Email Us your thoughts and ideas

History

Centennial Square was constructed in the 1960s as part of a major initiative to preserve, restore and revive downtown Victoria, and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Victoria. A major renovation to the south-west corner of the plaza was completed in 2009 adding the area known as Spirit Square.

Learn more about the creation of Centennial Square - A Townscape Rediscovered [YouTube]

Background Documents

Next Steps

Draft concept plans will be shared with the public for feedback this fall prior to the draft action plan being presented to Victoria City Council for consideration.