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September 2018
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Open Streets Windsor 2018

Windsor Streets will Open Up Again on September 23
The largest free recreation program in the city’s history is back this month, and everyone’s welcome to join the party for Open Streets Windsor.

On Sunday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. a designated route will be closed to vehicular traffic and open to people of all ages and abilities to enjoy.

“Feedback has been growing at this event each year, and we hope everybody has a chance to join the celebration again in 2018,” says project manager Michelle Staadegaard. “We’re very excited to offer another full day of activity for 2018.”

For those who may have yet to visit one of these unique events (this will be Windsor’s fourth), Open Streets are community events that have been held in more than 100 cities in North America. It involves the temporary closure of roadways to vehicular traffic, allowing people to use them for a host of healthy and fun physical activities like walking, cycling, yoga, dancing and fitness.

The Open Streets Windsor route spans approximately eight kilometres and will connect business districts and residential neighbourhoods all the way from Sandwich Town in the west to Ford City in the east.

Activity Hubs
As with previous Open Streets, you can enjoy eight Activity Hubs with over 100 activities throughout the entire eight-kilometre route. Hubs will include a host of fun and family friendly activities, from music, dance and games in Sandwich to arts and crafts, giant Jenga and a rib cook-off in Ford City.

In addition to exploring the streets, Doors Open Windsor invites you to a variety of interesting locations that include stunning architecture, walking tours, buildings that have been given new life, museums, and places that tell us about the history of our community. 
“Our list of activities for this year’s event is truly awe-inspiring,” says Staadegaard. “The creativity this event inspires in groups and businesses throughout our community is incredible, and you won’t want to miss what they have to offer. There’s really something for everyone!”

Where can vehicles cross the route?
Cars will be able to cross the route at 11 signalized intersections:
- Huron Church Road at University Avenue West
- Crawford Avenue at University Avenue West
- Bruce Avenue at University Avenue West
- Victoria Avenue at University Avenue West
- Pelissier Street at University Avenue West
- McDougall Street at University Avenue East
- Glengarry Avenue at University Avenue East
- Parent Avenue at Wyandotte Street East
- Gladstone Avenue at Wyandotte Street East
- Lincoln Road at Wyandotte Street East
- Walker Road at Wyandotte Street East

For a complete list of activities and to learn more about Open Streets Windsor, call 311 or visit You can also follow Open Streets Windsor and tag photos, #OSWindsor, and join the Open Streets Windsor 2018 event page on Facebook.

Bright Lights Windsor Receives Honourable Mention for Social Media from PR Daily

The City of Windsor has received an honourable mention in the category of Crisis Communications and Reputation Management in PR Daily’s 2018 PR & Social Media Awards. The recognition was given for the Bright Lights Windsor social media campaign, as it related to changing the conversation between a major flood in August of 2017 and the highly successful first-time event held from December 2017 to January 2018. 

Pictured from left to right, Bright Lights Windsor Marketing Team:  Pam LaBute, Tam Nguyen, Joey Acott, Dominic Carlone, Mary Rodgers and Jill Braido.

It’s a Wrap!  Celebrating Healthy Kids in Windsor-Essex

In 2015, The City of Windsor and County of Essex submitted an application to the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care to participate in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC) and were pleased to be among the 45 communities across Ontario selected for the program.  Over the last three years, 342 activities related to four themes were developed and implemented by our municipal and community partners. Themes included:

  • Run. Jump. Play. Every day!
  • Water Does Wonders
  • Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit
  • Power OFF and Play! 

The HKCC initiative flourished under the joint leadership of Jo-Anne Gignac (City of Windsor, Ward 6 Councillor) and Gary McNamara (Mayor of Tecumseh) who co-chaired the HKCC Leadership Table and provided strategic direction and support to an array of sub-committees and activities.

While it is intended that the spirit of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge will live on, the provincial funding agreement concludes on September 30, 2018. It is encouraging to see that many of the partners brought together by HKCC will continue to collaborate on healthy initiatives moving forward.  The more than 50,000 children and parents touched by this initiative are certain to continue to incorporate healthy behaviours and activities into their everyday lives.

Last Chances for Peche Island Tours, as Season Ends Soon

The inaugural season of the City operated Peche Island Boat Tour service will come to a close after the final runs Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

Tours began running in June each Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, thanks to Windsor City Council’s approval of the purchase of a small boat for ferrying of passengers to and from the island. The service was an effort to increase the availability of the natural and historical attraction for those without their own personal watercraft.

There are still a few weeks left to be a part of the inaugural season and the cost is $5 per seat (2 years old and under are free).

The first shuttle departs Lakeview Park Marina at 10:00 a.m. and continues every hour on the hour until the last departure from the marina at 2:00 p.m.

Passengers can return from the island on the half hour with the last shuttle returning from Peche Island at 3:30 p.m.

A maximum of 6 passengers can be on board each shuttle (excluding the captain).

No more than 12 passengers will be booked for each hourly departure time.

Anyone interested in a tour is advised to call 519-948-3383 to book their seat, but walk-ups are also welcome. Downloadable waivers and videos of Peche Island, including safety, island improvements, natural features and more can be found on the Peche Island page of the City of Windsor website.

Peche Island is an 86-acre island located on the Detroit River between Windsor and Detroit that was purchased by Hiram Walker in 1883. Walker used the island for a summer place, and his buildings included a stable, large home, greenhouse, and icehouse. The property was sold in 1907 and then the City of Windsor acquired the land from the Province of Ontario in 1999. It is now a naturalized park with walking trails.

Brock and Tecumseh Sculpture Assumes Prominent Role in Sandwich Town

On September 7, 2018, Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens joined members of our local First Nations, archeologists City Councillors and members of the public for the dedication of a new sculpture featuring General Isaac Brock and Chief Tecumseh.

The seven-foot-two sculpture is perched on an eight-foot base and will greet all those entering historic Sandwich Town via the new roundabout where Riverside Drive West meets Sandwich Street.

The Brock-Tecumseh sculpture was spearheaded by late community activist John Muir, a passionate advocate for Sandwich Town, to find a lasting way to commemorate our history.

The bronze sculpture, by artist Mark Williams, honours Major General Isaac Brock and Shawnee leader Tecumseh who led a British-First Nations force that took Detroit through strategic deception in August 1812.

It shows the two in preparation for the assault on Fort Detroit, with Brock surveying the opposite shore across the Detroit River. Beside him, on horseback, the great Shawnee Chief Tecumseh gazes north up river to the newly placed British artillery position that is bombarding the American fortification. The successful assault and capture of the American position would take place two days later on August 16, 1812.

Watch highlights of the event through our YouTube channel.

Museum Windsor - What is this?

Morse Code Training Machine, Circa 1937

This machine was used to teach Morse Code which is an alphabet or code in which letters are represented by combinations of long and short signals of light or sound.  Morse Code was invented in the 1840s by Samuel F. B. Morse.

The paper tape in this machine passes through a reading devices as it moves from reel to reel.  The device creates the sounds of the Morse Code based upon the holes in the paper tape. 
The original owner of this machine worked for the New York Central Railway as a telegraph operator.  Gift of Thomas Brophey. 1983.5.1 &.2
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