Downtown Pedestrian Mall 2021

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People walking in the centre of Water Street with patio decks on either side flanking the buildings

The City of St. John's opened the Downtown Pedestrian Mall (the Mall) on July 2, 2021. The Mall ran every day during the summer from 12 to 10 p.m. with the area inside the footprint closed to traffic. Based on the success of the 2020 Pedestrian Mall and feedback from the public and the business community, several changes were put in place for 2021. These included:

  • the inclusion of sections of Duckworth Street and George Street in the Pedestrian Mall footprint
  • changes to outdoor decks and patios to improve sidewalk accessibility
  • animation within the footprint including performers and organizations with pop up events

The Mall was open from July 2 to Sept. 6 with many businesses making changes to their outdoor spaces to accommodate increased foot traffic/patrons.

There are many stakeholders who will be consulted throughout this engagement process. This page is primarily designed to solicit feedback and perspective from consumers -- people who visited the Mall or those who chose not to visit the Mall. Take a few minutes to review the content on this page and provide your input.

Businesses, property owners, and other stakeholders in the Downtown will be consulted via survey and stakeholder meetings as well. A final report with recommendations will be shared with Council later in the fall.

The City of St. John's opened the Downtown Pedestrian Mall (the Mall) on July 2, 2021. The Mall ran every day during the summer from 12 to 10 p.m. with the area inside the footprint closed to traffic. Based on the success of the 2020 Pedestrian Mall and feedback from the public and the business community, several changes were put in place for 2021. These included:

  • the inclusion of sections of Duckworth Street and George Street in the Pedestrian Mall footprint
  • changes to outdoor decks and patios to improve sidewalk accessibility
  • animation within the footprint including performers and organizations with pop up events

The Mall was open from July 2 to Sept. 6 with many businesses making changes to their outdoor spaces to accommodate increased foot traffic/patrons.

There are many stakeholders who will be consulted throughout this engagement process. This page is primarily designed to solicit feedback and perspective from consumers -- people who visited the Mall or those who chose not to visit the Mall. Take a few minutes to review the content on this page and provide your input.

Businesses, property owners, and other stakeholders in the Downtown will be consulted via survey and stakeholder meetings as well. A final report with recommendations will be shared with Council later in the fall.

Tell us about your experience using the Downtown Pedestrian Mall this year? Post your photo(s) and provide a brief description of how you used the Mall?

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    Please plan an event for Duckworth, and start now!

    by The Sprout, 8 months ago

    Many excluded businesses fought very hard this past spring to try to make the public and city council realize that the Water Street Mall inadvertently, but directly, harmed Duckworth businesses (which rebounded substantially right after the mall closed). However, many people (on city council and in the general public) still falsely believe that the Water Street Mall benefits all of downtown. It has been very easy for the city to ignore the suffering their mall event caused excluded businesses, because the event was so well received by the public. However, Duckworth area businesses are not being effectively supported by this... Continue reading

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    Impeding Access

    by ajames, 8 months ago

    My husband and I were on Water Street Friday evening (after the Mall had closed for the season) and were dismayed to see a lot of bars/ restaurants had placed placard on the sidewalks in the area between their storefront and the parkades they had built (we had not visited the Mall this summer due to concerns we had over the spread of Covid-19).

    This must be extremely frustrating for our fellow citizens who have mobility issues - why are business allowed to deliberately impede access? I have no mobility issues myself but have heard numerous complaints from those who... Continue reading

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    Great working environment

    by Diana Daly, 8 months ago
    I work on Water Street and it was so great to walk back and forth to work everyday and see lots of people out and about. There are now more places to pop out and grab a quick lunch and, the best part of all that enriched my working hours was to have NO LOUD PIPE NOISE from modified vehicles blaring into our offices, interrupting meetings and workflow. I know there is lots of room for improvement but I commend all the work that went into it again this year. Clearly it is a work in progress and it is... Continue reading