Winston Square delays

Launch of the much-anticipated Winston Square in Westboro has been delayed until the fall.

“It’s not until you open up the ground that you know what you’re working with,” explains Mary Thorne, Executive Director of the Westboro Village BIA.

Construction issues have forced organizers to postpone plans to bring free entertainment to Westboro’s Winston Square. Photo by Andrea Tomkins.
Construction issues have forced organizers to postpone plans to bring free entertainment to Westboro’s Winston Square. Photo by Andrea Tomkins.

The bedrock on one side of the square was “not as solid as they’d hoped,” says Thorne. “Things are moving forward. We are taking the time to do the job right.”

Located between the Dairy Queen and the Royal Canadian Legion on Richmond Road, the area was formerly a dead end street. Construction started on this pedestrian plaza in the spring and is being financed by Kitchissippi ward’s cash-in-lieu of parkland funds.

Part of the plan was to have entertainment in place over the summer months: music, yoga, magic, theatre and assorted workshops for all ages. Some of the performers who applied to be part of the roster include a local poet, an artist, and a photographer who was planning to set up a photo booth.

At this stage, it’s anticipated that there may be a soft launch in the fall, with activities planned at Halloween and Christmas. “It’ll be rocking next summer,” says Thorne enthusiastically. “We’ll have had a good head start.”

Performers of all ages are still welcome to apply. Talent applications are online at westborovillage.com/winston_square.

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