Peterborough Pulse Will Transform George Street

Peterborough Pulse 2019 will transform George Street for one fun-filled day of walking, cycling, and activities on Saturday, July 27th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pulse is an open streets initiative that temporarily replaces car traffic with people traffic to create a safe and vibrant car-free corridor for walking, biking, dancing, playing, and socializing.

Peterborough Pulse file photo

Peterborough Pulse file photo

The Peterborough Pulse route will be closed to vehicular traffic between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Street parking will be prohibited from midnight on Friday, July 26th, until Pulse is over at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 27th.

Here is a map of Pulse...

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STREET CLOSURES FOR PETERBOROUGH PULSE

George St. from McDonnel St. to Sherbrooke St. 

  • Will be CLOSED Saturday, July 27th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Vehicles entering or exiting will need an escort.

  • Street parking will be prohibited from midnight on Friday, July 26th until Pulse is over at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 27th. Vehicles left on street will be towed.

ONLY local traffic will be allowed to access these streets…

  • Murray St. from Aylmer St. to George St. and George St. to Water St.

  • Brock St. from Chambers Lane to George Street and George St. to Water St.

  • King St. from Aylmer St. to George St. and George St. to Water St.

The following intersections will remain open for east-west traffic…

  • McDonnel St. at George St.

  • Hunter St. at George St.

  • Simcoe St. at George St.

  • Charlotte St. at George St.

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Take Free Rides On Retro San Francisco-Style Trolley From Downtown To Peterborough Musicfest

Free rides on a retro San Francisco-style trolley from downtown to Peterborough Musicfest concerts are returning for another season. 

The trolley rides will begin June 14th and 15th for the Kawartha Craft Beer Festival, and return on a regular Wednesday and Saturday evening Musicfest schedule starting June 29th and run through August 17th. All stops will occur on the right side of George Street. Trolley pickups will begin at Confederation Square (across from City Hall) and continue at the intersections with Brock, Hunter, Simcoe, Charlotte and King from 6 p.m. to 10 pm. 

Photo courtesy DBIA

Photo courtesy DBIA

This is a Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area initiative, and allows people who walk or park in the downtown to shop or dine before or after the concerts to jump on the trolley to get to the park and hop on the trolley to get back to downtown. 

“We want to support Musicfest in a way that also helps our downtown,” says Terry “Mr. Downtown” Guiel, DBIA Executive Director. “The charm of the trolley coupled with us offering it as a free service is a fun and welcoming way for us to get people to enjoy the concerts while exploring our downtown restaurants and retail stores.”

Photo courtesy DBIA

Photo courtesy DBIA

TROLLEY MAKING NEW STOP AT MEMORIAL CENTRE THIS SEASON

The DBIA have added a new stop to the free service as the trolley will now go all the way to the Memorial Centre parking lot to pick up concertgoers who park there. This added service was a way to reduce vehicle congestion and to encourage more people to attend the concerts and bring more people to the downtown.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the Peterborough DBIA to bring the trolley back for Season 33 of Peterborough Musicfest,” adds Tracey Randall, Peterborough Musicfest General Manager. “It was a huge hit last summer and adds some extra fun and convenience to our already exciting concert nights." 

The trolley is accessible and can hold 30 people seated and 15 standing. The trolley is not intended as a substitute for Peterborough Transit, and demand for this free trolley will exceed its capacity—especially when the concerts end each night. Priority will be given to those with mobility issues, seniors, and expectant mothers or parents with young children and seating based on availability.

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5th Annual Peterborough Pulse Takes Place July 27th

This summer is the 5th Annual Peterborough Pulse, where people are invited to walk, bike, play and socialize at the event in downtown Peterborough. Pulse takes place July 27th this year, and allows the public to reimagine the purpose of city streets and expand the public realm.

Peterborough Pulse will once again be transforming George Street into a lively car-free corridor full of entertaining recreational activities. The streets will be packed with cyclists, families pushing strollers, roller skaters, dancing, music and more! Pulse is the perfect way to enjoy vibrant Downtown Peterborough while supporting the development of a healthier, more active community.

Peterborough Pulse media event launch at City Hall (photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada)

Peterborough Pulse media event launch at City Hall (photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada)

"Pulse has quickly become a favourite event of this community,” says Terry “Mr. Downtown” Guiel, Executive Director of the Downtown Business Improvement Area.

“What better way to connect with a new community group or discover a unique downtown business, all while interacting with multiple family-friendly activities and entertainment,” adds Mr. Downtown. “We are connecting healthy ideas and active living to people whose focus is on a healthy heart, healthy mind and a healthy spirit—all at an award-winning event.”

Photo courtesy DBIA

Photo courtesy DBIA

Peterborough Pulse will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 27th. This year’s route will run along George Street from McDonnell St. to Sherbrooke St.

Over the years, Pulse has worked to change Peterborough’s mindset on healthy living. Open street events allow people to access spaces they typically can’t, expanding their ability to be mobile and engage with their neighbours and community.

Photo courtesy DBIA

Photo courtesy DBIA

For more info on the event, click here.

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27 Downtown Peterborough Retail Shops Open Until 8 PM Thursday and Friday This Summer

From June 13th through to the end of August, 27 retails shops in downtown Peterborough will be open until 8 p.m. every Thursday and Friday evening as part of a “Open Late ‘Til Eight” initiative.

“Shopping today is all about convenience and it’s important for our local shops to be open when it’s convenient for their customers,” says Terry Guiel, Executive Director of the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area.

“We know it’s important to be open when our customers are wanting to shop,” adds Holly Butler, manager at Iceman Video Games in the downtown. “Staying open late keeps people shopping local.”

(Left to right) Aldana Casado, Kate Storen, and Chelsea Boyd pose for the launch of Open Late ‘Til Eight, a new shopping initiative in Downtown Peterborough.

(Left to right) Aldana Casado, Kate Storen, and Chelsea Boyd pose for the launch of Open Late ‘Til Eight, a new shopping initiative in Downtown Peterborough.

Not only are the hours convenient, but parking downtown is free after 6 p.m. So take advantage of the extra hours, and support your local downtown businesses. Shop, and then stay downtown and grab a bite at one of your fave restaurants.

PARTICIPATING SHOPS INCLUDE…

• Bluestreak Record

• Charlotte’s Web

• Cottage Toys

• Dodrio

• Flavour

• Grey Guardian Games

• Hi Ho Silver

• Iceman Games

• John Robers Clothiers

• K&C Costumes

• Lift Lock Escape

• META4 Gallery

• Minh’s Chinese Grocery

• Next Level Mobile

• Pipe Dreamz

• Providence

• Ritual Apothecary

• Runner’s Life

• Running Room

• SOS

• The Peace Pipe

• The Toy Shop

• Tiny Green

• Tribal Voices

• Under One Sun

• You’re Welcome

• Zap Records

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Eat This Up: Taste Of Downtown Is June 1st

Peterborough’s most appetizing event, Taste of Downtown, returns to Charlotte Street on Saturday, June 1st from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.—rain or shine!

Come out and enjoy delicious cuisine from 24 local restaurants, enjoy a beverage in the beer and wine garden hosted by The Venue and Publican House Brewery, and take in some amazing live entertainment.

Photo courtesy DBIA

Photo courtesy DBIA

THIS YEAR’S LIVE ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Hillary Dumoulin

• 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. — Jerry Jerome steel drum band

• 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Bobby Watson

Photo courtesy DBIA

Photo courtesy DBIA

Bring the family and have fun with the bouncy castle, face painting by Faces by Two, a fun photo mural, live art by the Art School of Peterborough, a visit from the mascot George: King of Downtown, and a giant sidewalk sale on Charlotte Street.

THIS YEAR’S RESTAURANT LINEUP

• DR J's BBQ & Brews

• Curry Village

• Island Cream Caribbean Cuisine

• Village of Thai

• La Hacienda

• Cosmic Charlie's

• Jasmine Thai Cuisine

• The Turnbull Café

• Wild Wing

• Empress Gardens

• Publican House Brewery

• Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market

• Caribbean Sizzle

• La Mesita

• Nateure’s Plate

• McThirsty’s Pint

• The Boardwalk Board Game Lounge

• Simply Delicious Bistro & Bakery

• Curry Mantra

• Hobart’s Steakhouse

• The Pin

• The Venue Peterborough

• Hunter Street Tavern

• Dodrio

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Once Upon A Time Peterborough Downtown Was Movie Theatre Row

Those new to the city or born later might not realize that once upon a time, Peterborough’s downtown was “Movie Theatre Row” where it was a big social activity to go downtown, pick a movie, and choose a theatre.

Indeed, in a photo shared to their Facebook page (see below) from 1961 taken on George Street, Trent Valley Archives writes that “you can see the imposing signs of the Capitol, Odeon, and Paramount theaters, which made up movie theater row.”

Photo courtesy Trent Valley Archives

Photo courtesy Trent Valley Archives

Trent Valley Archives adds that going back further in the 1950s, “Peterborough residents would have been able to choose between these three theaters (and the Centre theater, which closed in 1956) when they wanted to see a movie.”


Here is another view of movie theatre row back in the day looking down George Street...

Another view of movie theatre row

Another view of movie theatre row

To entice patrons, each theater would advertise the films they were showing on their marquee board and in the Peterborough Examiner, according to TVA.

Share your memories of going to these theatres on our Facebook page.

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Opening Day For Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market 22nd Season Is May 1st

Mark this on your calendar: On May 1st, the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market will open for the 2019 season.

Charlotte Street will be closed to vehicle traffic between Louis Street and George Street as the area is transformed into a pedestrian friendly, bustling Farmers’ Market, every Wednesday between 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., until October 30th.

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This year marks the 22nd year of bringing fresh locally grown seasonal produce and products to Downtown Peterborough.

As a proud producers-only market, shoppers can be sure they are buying direct from the farmers, growers, bakers and chefs themselves, and learn about diverse local produce as it comes into season. Each Wednesday, market-goers will find a festive and lively market full of their favourite vendors selling seasonal produce, meats, cheese, fresh flowers, baked goods, art, plants to grow, coffee and lunches to go.

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To learn more about the market, visit their website here. You can also find them on Facebook.

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Add This To Your Bucket List: Taste Of Downtown Is Saturday, June 1st

Taste of Downtown is one of those can’t miss events in downtown Peterborough. The 2019 edition takes place on Saturday, June 1st, as you can sample some of Peterborough’s best eats when Charlotte Street closes down to vehicles from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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There will be food vendors, entertainment, live music, street sales and more at this delicious street festival put on by the awesome Downtown Business Improvement Area.

Make this event—which thousands of people attend—part of your bucket list this Spring/Summer. Eat it up!

Check out the DBIA Facebook event page here to learn more!

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Help Shape The Future Of Downtown Peterborough

Want to have your voice heard as to the future of downtown Peterborough? Join Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area on Wednesday, April 10th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Shaping Your Downtown Open House event.

The
DBIA is seeking to gain valuable input from the community on the future of their work as they develop their five-year strategic plan. They need your help in finding the best path towards a strong, safe and vibrant downtown.

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The Open House is Wednesday, April 10th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Peterborough Public Library (Friends of the Library Community Room).

They will be seeking your input on…

-Potential DBIA initiatives planned for the future
-Key factors affecting the success of downtown
-How you can play a role in helping downtown grow and thrive

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Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area Launches Digital Main Street Service Squad

Starting in April, the innovative Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) will be leading the local Digital Main Street initiative with a Digital Service Squad to help main street small businesses improve their online capabilities. 

The DBIA received a $10,000 grant from Digital Main Street as well as support from Community Futures Peterborough and the DBIA’s own resources to establish a Digital Service Squad to help small businesses in the downtown area enhance their use of digital tools and techniques to better promote and sell online.

Photo courtesy DBIA

Photo courtesy DBIA

The Squad will see a trained online specialist visit and assist businesses at no cost to help them set up Google Business, conduct a digital-readiness assessment, and apply for a $2,500 Digital Transformation Grant. 

“This program is going to make our downtown more competitive and vibrant,” says DBIA Executive Director Terry Guiel. “We know we have to meet our customers where it’s most convenient for them. The beautiful bricks and mortar physical locations will always be the core of what makes downtown what it is, but we need to help our businesses make the best use of their resources for promotions, serving their customers, and reaching new markets.”

Photo courtesy DBIA

Photo courtesy DBIA

HOW IT WORKS

-> Digital Main Street helps improve how small businesses use digital tools and techniques to become more successful.

-> Today’s digital economy is vital to small businesses, and DMS will help them adopt new digital technologies from e-commerce and social media to back-office systems such as payroll and inventory. 

Photo courtesy DBIA

Photo courtesy DBIA

Businesses within the downtown area will be introduced to the Digital Service Squad at the end of April.

For further information or to participate in the program, email DBIA Communications Manager Joel Wiebe here or call 705.748.4774.

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