The Broadway medians are due for some planting improvements. Orangeville Council received a report May 25 on plans to replace the large overgrown mature trees in an effort to improve sightlines across Broadway and the visibility of pedestrians and businesses.

Phase one of the project is scheduled to begin on June 4 with the removal of designated trees. Motorists, pedestrians, and businesses are advised that some street closures will be required and the Town is making efforts to minimize disruptions to traffic.

The project will be funded under the Main Street Revitalization Program which is administered by The Association of Municipalities of Ontario. The fund will cover tree removal, new plant installation, mulching as well as bench, pathway and minor lighting improvements. Additional perennial and enhanced planting varieties are planned.

The Town’s Community Services Department is working with the BIA to engage groups such as the Optimist Club in moving the work forward, including consideration for appropriate illumination for the medians as well as other areas of Broadway.

The three medians in the middle of Broadway represent Orangeville’s evolution from natural forest to a mill-based village to an urban centre. The most easterly median features a pergola with stone columns and a white cedar roof structure. The most prominent feature is the statue of Orange Lawrence, the founder of the Town, created from magnesium phosphate. The central median features the clock tower, originally built and installed on the old post office in 1936 where it remained until the post office was demolished in 1963. The westerly median features a waterfall, with water falling in four directions representing the fact that Orangeville sits at the headwaters of four river systems.