King St. E. Pilot Streetscape Project

Consultation has concluded

You're invited to share your feedback on the King Street East Pilot streetscape project. The Pilot Project includes the proposed widening of the sidewalk on the north side of King Street East between Ontario Street and Mary Street North, which will allow for additional space for pedestrians, landscaping, outdoor patios/cafes, streetscape amenities and businesses.

Share your feedback on the future use of this additional space by ranking the following design options in order of your preference:

  • Option A (No Parking): proposes the permanent removal of all current parking to provide space for an outdoor patio/café in front of various business properties and the opportunity for festivals or gatherings in front of the Regent Theatre.
  • Option B (Flexible 12 Parking): proposes the use of bollards which would allow for the temporary removal of parking spaces generally in front of both the Genosha Hotel and Regent Theatre during times of high pedestrian use to allow for a café, festivals, gatherings. This option would maintain 12 potential parking spaces.
  • Option C (Reduced/Flexible 6 Parking): proposes the use of bollards which would allow for the temporary removal of parking spaces generally in front of the Regent Theatre during times of high pedestrian use to allow for a café, festivals, gatherings. This option would permanently remove the parking spaces in front of the Genosha Hotel while maintaining six potential parking spaces in front of the Regent Theatre.

View detailed drawings of each Option on Connect Oshawa as images or download an accessible P.D.F.

Have Your Say

Members of the public are invited to participate:

  • Online on Connect Oshawa;
  • At Service Oshawa, located at City Hall (50 Centre St. S.); or,
  • In-person at a Drop-In Open House, where participants can discuss the topic directly with City staff and rank the design options in order of their preference. The Drop-In Open House will take place in the front lobby of La Quinta Inns & Suites (63 King St. E.) between 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11.

Feedback will be received until end of day Friday, April 20, and considered in the development of the final design for the King Street East Streetscape Pilot project, to be presented to Development Services Committee and Council for approval this year.

Oshawa Downtown Streetscape Vision

Community members can also learn about the new “Oshawa Downtown Streetscape Design Vision” at the same Drop-In Open House on Wednesday, April 11.

The Streetscape Design Vision will guide the development of public areas downtown, with a specific focus on the Downtown Oshawa Business Improvement Area, and will include specifications for benches, trash receptacles, greenery and more while also investigating opportunities like sidewalk widening. Prototypes or photos of the bench and recycling receptacle will be available for viewing at the Drop-In Open House.

You're invited to share your feedback on the King Street East Pilot streetscape project. The Pilot Project includes the proposed widening of the sidewalk on the north side of King Street East between Ontario Street and Mary Street North, which will allow for additional space for pedestrians, landscaping, outdoor patios/cafes, streetscape amenities and businesses.

Share your feedback on the future use of this additional space by ranking the following design options in order of your preference:

  • Option A (No Parking): proposes the permanent removal of all current parking to provide space for an outdoor patio/café in front of various business properties and the opportunity for festivals or gatherings in front of the Regent Theatre.
  • Option B (Flexible 12 Parking): proposes the use of bollards which would allow for the temporary removal of parking spaces generally in front of both the Genosha Hotel and Regent Theatre during times of high pedestrian use to allow for a café, festivals, gatherings. This option would maintain 12 potential parking spaces.
  • Option C (Reduced/Flexible 6 Parking): proposes the use of bollards which would allow for the temporary removal of parking spaces generally in front of the Regent Theatre during times of high pedestrian use to allow for a café, festivals, gatherings. This option would permanently remove the parking spaces in front of the Genosha Hotel while maintaining six potential parking spaces in front of the Regent Theatre.

View detailed drawings of each Option on Connect Oshawa as images or download an accessible P.D.F.

Have Your Say

Members of the public are invited to participate:

  • Online on Connect Oshawa;
  • At Service Oshawa, located at City Hall (50 Centre St. S.); or,
  • In-person at a Drop-In Open House, where participants can discuss the topic directly with City staff and rank the design options in order of their preference. The Drop-In Open House will take place in the front lobby of La Quinta Inns & Suites (63 King St. E.) between 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11.

Feedback will be received until end of day Friday, April 20, and considered in the development of the final design for the King Street East Streetscape Pilot project, to be presented to Development Services Committee and Council for approval this year.

Oshawa Downtown Streetscape Vision

Community members can also learn about the new “Oshawa Downtown Streetscape Design Vision” at the same Drop-In Open House on Wednesday, April 11.

The Streetscape Design Vision will guide the development of public areas downtown, with a specific focus on the Downtown Oshawa Business Improvement Area, and will include specifications for benches, trash receptacles, greenery and more while also investigating opportunities like sidewalk widening. Prototypes or photos of the bench and recycling receptacle will be available for viewing at the Drop-In Open House.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • How will this project affect traffic along King St.?

    8 months ago

    The existing left turn volumes on King Street are approximately 60 vehicles/hour in the peak.  Removing the turn lane and adding these vehicles to the through traffic along King Street should have minimal impact on the delay times for King Street East as this represents less than a 10% increase in the existing King Street volumes.


  • Why weren't bike friendly features in any of the options?

    Crust asked 9 months ago

    Hi Crust, thank you for your question.

    All three design concepts include provisions for cycling amenities such as bike racks. The sidewalk bump-out on the northwest corner of Mary Street at King Street East will remove the ability for vehicles to cut over the existing bicycle lane into the parking lane in order to go around vehicles turning left onto King Street East, improving cyclist safety. 

    Please note, King Street was not identified in our Active Transportation Master Plan as an appropriate location for cycling infrastructure (ie. bike lanes) due to the high vehicular volumes and multiple conflict points. Athol Street, from Centre Street to Farewell Street, was identified as the main east-west cycling route through the downtown core and will include cycling facilities. The missing link along Athol Street, from Centre Street to Mary Street, has been approved by Council and will hopefully be implemented in late 2018 or early 2019 in coordination with Regional servicing works along this corridor.

  • Why is the City of Oshawa doing this project, in this location?

    9 months ago

    Downtown Oshawa's Plan 20Twenty includes action items to create a distinct downtown that is recognizable and welcoming to residents, visitors and businesses. Specifically, the Plan includes updating the Downtown streetscape including light standards, benches, trash receptacles and greenery and investigating opportunities such as sidewalk widening.

    As part of the 2016 Capital Budget, the Pilot Streetscape Project for this part of King Street East was approved by Council.

    With regard to the timing of this project, the City is intending to proceed with these works in accordance with the redevelopment of the Genosha Hotel at 70 King Street East. 70 King Street is currently expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

  • Will this pilot project lead to further streetscape improvements in Downtown Oshawa and the Downtown Oshawa Business Improvement Area?

    9 months ago

    One of the objectives of both Plan20Twenty and the Oshawa Downtown Streetscape Design Vision (O.D.S.D.V.) is to craft a vision for the Downtown that improves accessibility, sustainability, safety, and walkability of the Downtown streetscape. It is expected that as part of implementing both Plan20Twenty and the O.D.S.D.V. that streetscape improvements like the King Street East Streetscape Pilot will be supported; and that future projects will be shaped by the design considerations exemplified by the King Street East pilot and detailed in the O.D.S.D.V.

  • What is the impact on parking in each of the three options?

    9 months ago

    There are currently 11 spaces (10 spaces and one accessible space) on the north side of King Street between Ontario Street and Mary Street.

    • In Option A, all spaces would be removed, year-round, a decrease of 11 spaces from the existing condition.
    • In Option B, there would room for up to 12 spaces, depending on bollard placement, a one spot increase from the existing condition. However, in the summer, it is possible the bollards would be moved out to the curb edge to create space for festivals and patios, and there would less than 12 spaces available. In general, it is likely that, at minimum, the six spaces in front of the Regent Theatre would be available for the majority of the year.
    • In Option C, there would room for up to six spaces, depending on bollard placement, a five spot decrease from the existing condition. However, in the summer, it is possible the bollards would be moved out to the curb edge to create space for festivals, and there would less than 6 spaces available. In general, it is likely that, at minimum, the 6 spaces in front of the Regent Theatre would be available for the majority of the year.

  • How does the King St. Pilot project improve accessibility of the Downtown streetscape?

    9 months ago

    The King St. Pilot project improves streetscape accessibility in several ways:

    1. The project will create a wider boulevard that is easier to navigate and free of clutter / obstructions;
    2. It would widen the pedestrian realm, creating a wider buffer between the pedestrian realm and the vehicle realm using bollards, planters, and differences in surfacing materials; and,
    3. It will improve accessibility in the options containing boulevard parking, as the parking being at grade with the sidewalk removes the step up to the sidewalk that a traditional vertical curb would require.