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International Plaza
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About the Project

The International Plaza, located at Niagara Region headquarters, is being redesigned as a public space. The plaza will be a place for year-round events. When complete, it will become a destination space for the public visiting the Brock District.

This project builds on the Council-endorsed Brock District Plan, Niagara Regional Headquarters Campus Master Plan and other supporting documents. It will reimagine the current area around Regional headquarters into a beautiful, welcoming, inclusive and environmentally responsible space for our community to enjoy. The project budget is $3.04 million.

We will seek certification of this plaza through the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES). This builds on the environmental goals found in the Brock District Plan. Features include LED lighting and and Low Impact Development allowing for better rain drainage.

Our project partners include Rankin Construction Inc. and adesso design inc.

How the Project Began

The Brock District plan was created through a collaboration between Niagara Region, the City of St. Catharines, the City of Thorold and Brock University.

Within this plan, there was a strong push to create a green Brock District. In creating this, the focus was to lead with landscape and create beautiful public spaces.

Plaza Features

The International Plaza will include six key elements:

  • Front lawn - an open space lined with trees, for passive or active use and relaxation in the sun or shade
  • International Plaza - a large, formal plaza with a stage and grand pavilion
  • Courtyard - a space to eat, relax, read or conduct business which will include tables, benches and a permanent shade pavilion
  • Gardens of the Municipalities - a space to recognize the towns, townships and cities that make Niagara a wonderful place to live; all 12 flags will fly here including our national, provincial and regional flags
  • Orchard Plaza - an area of flowering trees representing our agricultural roots
  • Pollinator gardens - provide food and habitat for pollinators such as bees and butterflies; many plants and trees on site are native, non-invasive and will help maintain our local biodiversity

Other features include:

  • Connect the Merrittville multi-use pathway to the soon-to-be completed multi-use pathways between the Brock District, Thorold and St. Catharines
  • 99 new trees will be replanted near the end of construction meaning for every one tree removed, we replanted at least two new trees

Project Timeline

july 2018 - Completed
Hosted an official groundbreaking outside Niagara Region headquarters

april 2019 - construction underway
Construction underway with expected completion being early fall


Vanessa Aykroyd, OALA, CSLA
Landscape Architect
Planning and Development Services
905-980-6000 ext. 3493
Email Vanessa Aykroyd

Khaldoon Ahmad
Manager, Urban Design
Planning and Development Services
905-980-6000 ext. 3324
Email Khaldoon Ahmad

Public Engagement

The International Plaza and Civic Park forms part of the Brock District Plan and was shaped through an extensive public engagement process.

The public was also consulted during the creation of the council-approved Regional Headquarters Master Plan.

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