Downtown Urban Design Plan

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Applied Expertise

  • Urban Design
  • Public Involvement
  • Streetscapes
  • Downtown Development
  • Economic Development


The downtown urban design plan for Niagara Falls, Canada incorporates downtown revitalization, preservation and development potentials. The plan identifies approximately 800,000 square feet of new building footprint and two new public parks serving as downtown anchors add value to the land. An outdoor “mall” defined by new commercial streetscapes is envisioned to connect the downtown to the Niagara Parkway, and a design for a new Festival Park is included to function as the centerpiece of the western gateway. The design includes a new performing arts center and marketplace which strengthen the City Hall district and create additional evening and weekend attractions. The existing train station has been integrated as the center of a multi-modal system incorporating city buses and Niagara’s People Mover System. Two new parking garages supplement backlot parking areas. A series of plazas and pedestrian promenades was designed to connect the features of the new downtown.