Town approves policy for pianos on public property

The Town of Orangeville now has a policy for pianos on public property. In an effort to encourage public participation in the arts and culture sector while also ensuring public safety, Council has approved a policy that aims to meet both of those goals.

Approved pianos are permitted to remain on Town property for a maximum of three months, from June 15 to September 15 annually. Pianos may be available to the public between 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The owners are to ensure that pianos are uncovered in the morning, as weather permits, and that they are covered and secured to ensure that pianos cannot be played after 9 p.m.

While public locations throughout Town can be considered, a maximum of three locations may be permitted annually within Orangeville’s downtown core, should sufficient owners supply the instruments and the location be agreeable to adjacent business owners.

The approved downtown locations for pianos are subject to the approval of Town staff and include:

  • south side of Broadway in 82 -114 Broadway vicinity,
  • either side of Broadway, west of First Street, east of John Street,
  • either side of Broadway, west of Second Street, east of First Street.

A piano on municipally owned outdoor property shall not impede the flow of pedestrian traffic. A minimum of 1.5 metres wide free and a clear pathway must be maintained on the sidewalk at all times.

The policy outlines the conditions under which a piano may be placed on public property in Orangeville, provides program details regarding location, ownership and responsibilities, piano specifications, program duration and hours of operation, insurance, removal of pianos, revocation/suspension, and application procedures.

The availability of pianos for public use culturally enhances public spaces, encourages artists, and increases civic interaction. The Town has made significant investments in beautifying the community through its unique outdoor art programs that include sculptures and tree carvings, heritage and way-finding signage, and utility box art displays. Adoption of a policy that supports the availability of public pianos adds to the Town’s cultural identity and supports implementation of the Town’s 2014 Municipal Cultural Plan.

Piano owners interested in locating a piano on public property will be required to complete the application available from the Customer Services counter at Town Hall or online.