This edition of the Downtown Dish introduces the Downtown Action Plan and provides updates on parking, Cedar Street construction and Old Town Hall renovations.
Downtown Community Liaison at the Town of Newmarket

Welcome back to the Downtown Dish! With construction of Old Town Hall heating up and a number of other projects underway, the Town of Newmarket will once again be issuing regular editions of the Downtown Dish to keep you updated on the latest projects and initiatives in the downtown area. Send us your feedback or suggestions for future editions by replying to this email or sending comments to

Cedar Street update   
The construction of Cedar Street continues with electrical work currently ongoing. Once the electrical duct work is complete and transformers have been installed, road work will commence. Due to the nature of the work, it will not always be possible to keep the road open but the Town will work with the contractor to minimize closures where possible and ensure Cedar Street is open every night. The Town is also working closely with the contractor to strive to meet the target completion date of July 2013. For more information on Cedar Street reconstruction, please contact Bill Gould at 905-953-5300, press 2, extension 2512 or by email at

Downtown Parking
The Town would like to thank all downtown residents and business owners for your patience and understanding as we work together to find interim solutions for parking downtown. We are trying to minimize the disruption to parking as much as possible throughout the construction of Old Town Hall. To help accommodate the parking closure in Market Square, the Town has reopened the lot on the south side of Timothy Street in Newmarket Riverwalk Commons, which is typically closed from May to September (see map below).

Additional parking route and directional signage will be installed to further identify public parking in the downtown area. The Town has also finalized alternate parking arrangements for Newmarket Public Library staff for the duration of the Old Town Hall construction. This will add 15 public parking spaces to the area. We are also in the process of investigating the feasibility of additional accessible parking on Main Street.

The dish about Old Town Hall

As Old Town Hall construction gets underway, some of this landmark’s secrets are being revealed.

When the brick façade was removed from the first story extension of Old Town Hall…a hidden doorway was revealed. 

For more information on Old Town Hall construction, please contact Meredith Goodwin, Manager of Capital Projects at 905-895-5300, press 2, ext. 2518 or via email

Downtown Action Plan

The Town of Newmarket has recently received funding from the Province of Ontario, through the Creative Communities Prosperity Fund, to develop a strategic action plan for the downtown. Working in collaboration with the BIA, the Town has formed a Committee that will lead the creation of the Downtown Action Plan (DAP). This plan will realize the synergies between the cultural and economic development aspects of downtown and see 5 key actionable strategies developed. These will include a walking and/or restaurant tour of the downtown and increased cultural activities that will support local artisans, promote locally grown foods and draw patrons to the heart of Newmarket. It is anticipated that the plan for DAP will be realized in the fall 2013. In the next few weeks you will hear much more about the exciting possibilities of this plan.  Stay tuned for more information!

Heritage House available: FREE!

Calling all Newmarket historiansIf you are willing to move the historic Murray House located on Main Street North, it’s yours free of charge! The Town is working closely with Heritage Newmarket to try to preserve this important part of community history. The Murray House was built in 1803 and moved to its current location at 27 Main Street North from Yonge Street in 1874. This 1.5 storey dwelling is covered in brick veneer and rests on a stone rubble foundation.  For more information, please contact Dave Ruggle, at the Town of Newmarket 905-953-5321, extension 245 or at

Sizzlin' summer events in the downtown

Outdoor Discovery & Adventure Night featuring Muskoka Wildlife Centre Show
June 25: Bring a lawn chair and join us for an evening of discovery and interactive fun from 6 to 7 p.m. at Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive). Inclement weather location is inside Newmarket Community Centre & Lions Hall.  Admission is free. For more information visit  

Rhythm @ Riverwalk 
Join us every Wednesday at Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) and watch local artists perform live! Performances run June 19 and 26 beginning at 7 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled. Admission is free. Click here for a full list of performers

Teddy Bears' Party at the Elman W. Campbell Museum 
June 15:
All teddy bears, and their owners are invited to the Elman W. Campbell Musuem (134 Main Street South) for a pawsitively grrreat time from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $5.50 per child and pre-registration is required. Enjoy games, teddy bear contests, displays and refreshments. Contest categories include: Best movie-themed bear, bear with the fanciest hat and bear with the biggest ears. For more information or to register, call 905-953-5314 or email


For more information contact:
Amber Harrison
Senior Communications Specialist 
Tel: 905-953-5300, ext. 2046

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