Wilden Village & Market Square
The New Social, Economic and Cultural Centre of Wilden
The Public Weighed in on the Planning Process
The public information session held on February 15th was well attended. Over 170 people – both residents of Wilden and surrounding areas – showed up to help shape the vision of what will be the heart of the community. The Wilden team led visitors through an extensive presentation area, showing large displays of the proposed development. On the feedback forms they were handed a majority of people named “parks and pathways” to be their top priority, followed by “nature preservation” with a special emphasis on wetlands, wildlife habitat and trails. The commercial area was voted the third most important feature.
Wilden Village Neighbourhood
The Village is situated at the centre of Wilden’s most prominent network of inter-connected natural wetlands. It is bounded to the west by the forested ridge of the designated Wildlife Corridor; to the east by Union Road; with future neighbourhood development to the north and south. Proposing a modest 20% increase in overall units, the updated Wilden Village Neighbourhood shifts away from Single Family Lots towards Townhomes and mixed-use Apartments.
Waterfront Plaza & Market Square
Celebrating Wilden’s natural landscape, the European-inspired Plaza serves as the defining destination for the Village Neighbourhood. It is surrounded by Market Square with mixed-use buildings, featuring ground-level retail, 2nd level office space and 3 storeys of apartments.
Offering vibrant urban living with south facing views across Wilden Pond, Wilden Plaza and Market Square are envisioned as the heart of Wilden and a treasured destination not only for Wilden residents.
Integrated with the Elementary School and playing field, the Commons Community Park serves as the neighbourhood’s backyard. Addressing the primary Village Gateway, the Commons provide a series of both active and passive spaces for community gathering and play; served by a network of pedestrian and cycling pathways woven through the Village. The centrally located Commons Park is planted using native trees featuring a rainwater bio-remediation channel that connects Wilden Pond to Hidden Lake.
A Destination Village in Nature
Wilden Plaza provides the Village with an urban waterfront and community gathering space, also envisioned as a location for outdoor markets and cultural events. Incorporated is the protection and enhancement of the Pond’s unique shoreline trees and amphibian habitat. A riffled fountain, terraced sitting stairs, a boardwalk, turtle nesting slopes and basking islands have been woven into the Plaza concept to celebrate Wilden’s spectacular setting in nature.
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