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From negative space to pedestrian-patio: Kitchener transforms Goudies Lane

Last Updated May 29, 2017 at 4:01 pm EDT

Starting Thursday, Goudies Lane, which runs between Ontario and Benton Streets in Kitchener, will be brightened up.

The space will be transformed into a pedestrian-patio for the next three months.

“The idea came from feedback received from a six-month public consultation process, about the near future action plan for downtown,” says Eric Rumble, downtown marketing and program coordinator with the City of Kitchener. “There is a lot of appetite for people looking at having negative spaces or unused spaces used for entertainment, activity and engagement.”

Rumble says, “the idea for the pilot project is to initially inject some colour, animation and host some events and programs into the space and see how people respond to it.”

The transformation can be seen June 1 at the block party kickoff, which runs from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

“People can enjoy some music, some art activities, some food by some local retailers and hopefully they kind of spill out from that space to hang out at some other downtown spots as well,” Rumble says on what to expect to see at the block party.

“After Thursday, the space in the daytime will be set up with bistro tables and chairs that will be there for people to use the space as they wish as an open first patio area,” he says.

The daytime patio will be open Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

After Thursday’s kickoff, there will be added events taking place on the first Thursday of July and August.

A music program will also start next Tuesday, which will begin at noon and happen on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On June 10, the space will open for a food truck event.