See Yonge Street come alive at Celebrate Yonge

Upcoming street festival to increase pedestrian access in Toronto's downtown

TORONTO, Aug. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Experience Downtown Yonge Street like never before. This Friday, Celebrate Yonge will transform the area between Queen and Gerrard on Yonge Street with brand new public spaces for people. For the first time in decades Torontonians and visitors alike will be able to have a drink, eat a meal or just enjoy comfortably relaxing right on the iconic street.

Hosted by the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area (BIA), Celebrate Yonge will feature temporary patio extensions onto the roadway for four weeks, ending Sunday, September 16. Beautiful planters, decorated by landscapers from across Ontario for the Livegreen Planter Box Challenge will separate vehicles from pedestrians. Much of the newly created public space will be licensed patios and outdoor cafes in front of area businesses, some of which will feature special displays and programming. Other sections of the event will offer large public seating areas with comfortable outdoor furniture and weekend programming for all ages.

Along the event section of the street there will be 11 themed areas for visitors to explore. For example, parents can bring the kids to The Funway for life-sized outdoor games like chess and Connect 4, and activities like face painting and caricature artistry. The Green Room event area will have constant activity at ING Direct Café's, Celebration Park, while The Gateway Studio will feature the work of local artists on weekends. Five of the themed areas will have full, outdoor restaurant patios to enjoy the final days of summer.

For more information on all 11 event areas and the events calendar visit the Celebrate Yonge information booth located seven-days-a-week at the corner of Yonge and Dundas or www.celebrateyonge.com.

SOURCE: Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area

For further information:

Media Contact 
Abigail Gamble
Communications Manager
416-597-0255 x224
agamble@downtownyonge.com

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