Aurora Town Square

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Welcome! Engage Aurora is an interactive, digital space for you to learn about and provide valuable input into Town projects.

This webpage will serve as a central hub for the Aurora Town Square project, where you can visit to learn more about the planned space and receive ongoing project updates. This is also a great place to interact with other members of the community and share your ideas for how the different spaces can be used, as construction of the square gets underway and the area is transformed into a vibrant destination for our community to enjoy.

ABOUT THE AURORA


Welcome! Engage Aurora is an interactive, digital space for you to learn about and provide valuable input into Town projects.

This webpage will serve as a central hub for the Aurora Town Square project, where you can visit to learn more about the planned space and receive ongoing project updates. This is also a great place to interact with other members of the community and share your ideas for how the different spaces can be used, as construction of the square gets underway and the area is transformed into a vibrant destination for our community to enjoy.

ABOUT THE AURORA TOWN SQUARE PROJECT

With two community spaces and unlimited possibilities, Aurora Town Square is a place where young and old can come together in all seasons to enjoy art, theatre, music, shopping, community events and activities.

Aurora Town Square includes two key spaces – a vibrant outdoor square and a new community facility that will feature a flexible performance hall with seating for up to 250 people and a variety of multi-purpose programming spaces that will bring life and energy to our downtown core.

Aurora Town Square is a key part of Aurora's exciting downtown revitalization plan.

  • "This project is so important to Aurora"

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    In this video, Suzanne Haines, Executive Director of the Aurora Cultural Centre, recounts the journey of moving out of Aurora's historic Church Street School for construction of Town Square to begin. She discusses the thoughtful planning process behind this large-scale project and shares the Cultural Centre's excitement of soon returning 'home'. #AuroraTownSquare promises to offer new opportunities for the community, opening Fall 2024.


  • "This project will bring Aurora to have one of the best community facilities"

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    In this video, Grace Wong explores the benefits of a community hub like Aurora Town Square. "Finally our own town has a town square — it's modern, it's going to attract people, and most importantly it's also going to benefit businesses."


  • "Our Piazza, our Eiffel Tower, or our iconic place to gather"

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    The Treasure Hill Bridge, is more than just a bridge. It connects all that Aurora Public Library has to offer with Town Square's new addition. Learn more about why The Square will soon be a destination and a legacy for our community in this new video with APL CEO, Bruce Gorman.


  • "The appreciation of the audience, that's the payoff"

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    Learn more about how Aurora Town Square will soon support Marquee Theatrical Productions to grow, expand, and continue to serve as many members of the Aurora community as possible, in this video with Executive Director, Sheryl Thomas.


  • "This will be a game changer"

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    Aurora Town Square is more than just a physical space; it's a symbol of community and new opportunities for generations to come. As we eagerly anticipate its grand opening this fall, we're thrilled to share a new series of short videos that capture the essence of what Town Square means to our community members and local organizations. Join us each week for the next couple of months as we explore the vision for Aurora Town Square through these diverse and insightful perspectives. Watch our first video, featuring Javed Khan, President & Chair of Aurora Sports Hall of Fame, and learn why Javed believes Aurora Town Square is going to be a game changer.

  • Winter 2024 Timelapse

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    Watch the evolution of the outdoor square in this winter 2024 timelapse. From the new catenary light poles, to the luminous bronze veil and back-lighting system, to the framing and glazing of the Treasure Hill Bridge, along with cast-in-place concrete pours, there was lots of progress on site this winter. Mark your calendars for our grand opening celebrations this Fall 2024 – your seat awaits.

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    Town Square is a visionary project poised to transform the cultural landscape of our community. It brings together many integral elements of Aurora, including arts, heritage, entertainment, economic development, innovation, cultural tourism, and more. The success of sophisticated and inclusive community spaces like Town Square has been demonstrated in countless other towns and cities across the globe.

    Through the creation of Aurora Town Square, Aurora has chosen to leverage its assets to actively support a vibrant downtown, build a strong and vital cultural sector, and expand partnerships that contribute to a greater quality of life for everyone.

  • Mark your Calendars for Fall 2024

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    Town Square’s grand opening, set to unfold over multiple weeks in fall 2024, promises a variety of indoor and outdoor entertainment, including hands-on workshops, exclusive previews from partners, and performances from a dynamic range of talent.

    Grand opening celebrations will showcase the venue's state-of-the-art design — a remarkable 32,000 square-foot addition and 29,000 square-foot outdoor community space — along with multi-purpose functionality and future programming.

    Visitors will also have the opportunity to explore the new Aurora Museum & Archives collection storage area, providing a glimpse into the Town's storied past.

  • Where Can I Learn More?

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    Transparency is central to our approach — budget updates are available on Engage Aurora, under ‘Capital Budget’. Rest assured, we're actively implementing strategies to mitigate costs and optimize resource allocation to ensure the successful completion of Aurora Town Square. We can’t wait to showcase this stunning community hub during our grand opening celebrations in fall 2024. See you there!

  • We’re Counting Down to Grand Opening

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    Anticipation is building as we near Aurora Town Square’s grand opening celebrations in fall 2024 — it’s been a long time coming! Breaking ground in fall 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted our schedule, creating a ripple effect on many areas of the construction process. Labour shortages, exacerbated by widespread industry challenges, continue to make it difficult to secure skilled workers. Additionally, disruptions in the global supply chain have led to shortages of essential materials, further complicating the construction timeline.

    Despite these obstacles, our vision for a vibrant and unique community hub in Aurora is unwavering. We remain committed to completing Aurora Town Square to the highest of standards, for the community to enjoy for years to come. No matter what corner of Aurora you’re from, we can’t wait to meet you at The Square!

Page last updated: 29 May 2024, 08:25 AM