“The location is perfect for a market,” says Julie Fleming from Circle Organic Community Farm. “It’s central, accessible and familiar to everyone. I have taken my kids to movies at Galaxy Cinema and you use the same parking lot. Take the blue Galaxy Cinema doors upstairs from the parking garage, exit at the first level doors, and you’re right at the new Farmers’ Market."
The Peterborough Square parking garage is going through some renovations and you won't be able to enter using the South Charlotte Street entrance. Instead, use the East Simcoe Street for the time being.
[Contributed by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]
Hey all, I just wanted to write in and find out if you have heard any complaints about the PTBO Square mall security. I have been a patron at the mall since the 90s. I have never had a problem until recent years.
Even though I just missed being born in the Seventies—I was born in 1980—I was delighted to check out the Bellbottom Days exhibit on at the Peterborough Museum & Archives (see the pics in this post from the exhibit). Did you know Peterborough Square opened its doors on May 1st, 1975? Did you know Pop Rocks were tested right here in Peterborough? Were you one of the teens "Scooping the Loop" around George and Water Streets, or could you be found at the Windsor Hotel, better known today as the Pig's Ear?
If you would like to learn more or take a '70s trip down memory lane, the Bellbottom Days display is a must-see. It is on until May 15th.
The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on weekend and holidays. The exhibit is free of charge, but donations are appreciated.
[Contributed by PtboCanada's Julie Morris]
So we recently posed the question on Twitter, "Peterborough Square. If someone handed you the building, clean slate, what would you do with it?" We received a range of interesting answers. Among them:
-- "Demolish it, build a public square & park around Market Hall with ice rink, outdoor stage, greenspace. Parking underground." —Candace Shaw
-- "Peterborough Square: Casino!" —David Feeley
-- "Dr offices. Professional buiding." —Paul Laing
-- "Ptbo Square partly demolished. Keep the theatre and leave the lower level for offices. Above should be a conference centre!" —Justin Beaudoin
-- "Convention centre, arboretum w/ space for farmer's market, town square." —Bill Juby
-- "PTBO Square should be an international flea market." —Catherine Hanrahan
Several people on Twitter really liked Candace Shaw's idea above, with Alana Callan remarking, "It would really put the focus back on downtown as a communal place, the 'heart' of the city."
So what do you think? Perfect world, what would you do with Peterborough Square? Leave it as is? Tweak? Radical change? Comment below, or elaborate on some of the thoughts above.
Free books were donated by Frontier College for all ages to encourage reading and literacy.
[Words and Picture by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]