Enhancing public access to a rejuvenated and connected waterfront
Collingwood’s Waterfront Master Plan celebrates the town’s strengths – its natural setting, vibrant downtown, and year-round activities. The plan proposes to improve public access to the waterfront, with enhanced park spaces and boating facilities, as well as stronger connections with the downtown.
The Master Plan prioritizes a connected off-road trail network; a balance between natural and active park spaces; new public facilities to serve outdoor recreation activities and boating, both motorized and non-motorized; protection of natural habitats; and vibrant new mixed-use development opportunities. Approximately 1,800 people contributed to the development of the Master Plan through public workshops and online surveys, including three groups of local youth.
The study is intended to guide a long-term implementation process and includes recommendations for phasing, as well as high-level cost estimates to assist in prioritization of projects. Updated development standards were developed, as well as design guidelines for buildings on public and private development sites. In the time since the Master Plan’s adoption, projects have already been implemented, including the Awen’ Indigenous Gathering Place, which commemorates and celebrates Indigenous history on the Georgian Bay shoreline.