Former NCC Board Member Proposes Reopening Sparks St. to Traffic And Closing Off Wellington St. As A Pedestrian Mall

The most recent attempt to bring Sparks Street back to life will happen this fall, as the City of Ottawa follows through on a plan to revamp the pedestrian walkway.

That’s a move which Bob Plamondon, a former board member of the National Capital Commission says will cost millions of dollars and that’s what inspired him to start up a petition on last week.

His aim? To return Sparks Street to vehicle traffic and focus on building a potential pedestrian-only area on Wellington Street near Parliament Hill instead, which he dubbed the Wellington National Mall.

According to Plamondon, by reopening Sparks Street to vehicles and closing off Wellington Street as a pedestrian mall, residents and tourists alike will be able to visit and absorb what the nation’s capital is truly about. For example, Wellington Street boasts heritage sites such as the Supreme Court of Canada and Parliament Hill.

Alongside the petition, he’s written an op-ed pitching his Wellington National Mall idea, launched a website and created Facebook and Twitter pages.

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