Memorial Square and Meridian Place opens in downtown Barrie

The mark of a good destination often lies in its builder’s attention to detail.

Memorial Square and Meridian Place pays homage to Barrie’s rich history, while adding a modern touch to the downtown core. The $3.8-million project is now complete and it was unveiled to the media June 13, shortly before crews began taking the perimeter fences down and allowing public access.

“We get to have a space that honours our heroes and where our community can gather together and enjoy holidays, long weekends or everyday living,” city project manager Gus Diamantopoulos said. “It’s an exciting place to be.”

The facility includes a cenotaph, stage and references to the site’s historical links to the city’s former post office, rail station core and Nine Mile Portage. Public art displays are planned and the stage canopy will light up at night and be visible from Kempenfelt Bay.

An official opening is planned for June 29, beginning with a 10:30 a.m. parade along Collier and Owen streets that finishes at the Memorial cenotaph. Vimy Ridge soil will be placed in a dedicated on-site monument at that time.

At 5 p.m. that day, a free public “party” will be held. It features a ribbon cutting, cake, tours and live music.

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