LETTERS: Downtown arch proves controversial as more residents weigh in


“Maybe for every person who opposes this ark, there are 99 who support it,” writes a citizen

The following letters were submitted to CollingwoodToday in response to an arch sign project for Collingwood town centre. You can read more about the proposal here.


I read in Collingwood Today that many people have apparently voiced their opposition to the new “Historic Downtown Collingwood” arch which will hopefully be erected this summer.

When I read about this arch last week in Collingwood Today I really liked the sign and the reason behind it.

I’m sure there are many people like me supporting this ark. Maybe for every person who opposes this ark, there are 99 who support it!

Bonnie Potvin
Collingwood, ON


I don’t like it… not at all. The design is completely old fashioned for a growing town like Collingwood. Sticky! Very, very sticky.

I think an arch going into the city is a great idea so why not have a competition among the townspeople and school kids to come up with a design that would complement the city as well as having safety features built on both sides of the arch to keep children and teenagers from climbing on either side of the arch.

The board should set the ground rules for what the arch should have, including size, type of lettering, etc. Then, citizens can be proud of the welcoming arch. It would also be a fun way to get our citizens out of the doldrums and see the townspeople smile again.

Dorothee Wyldes
Collingwood, ON


It’s such a ridiculous idea. It’s so ugly.

It’s not like Collingwood is a big town and it’s hard to find the main street. Have people who want to go downtown on a weekend or most weekdays in the summer to see how many people are there? I really don’t think anyone has trouble finding downtown Collingwood.

I also think it’s really unfair to expect business owners to pay for something like this. Their rents are already too high.

Debbie McDonald
Collingwood, ON


Although I usually receive and try to read Collingwood Today every day, this is the first time I’ve heard of this proposal and it feels almost like a done deal.

Please record my name in the “no” column of this proposal.

Some time ago, when the city’s general planning process was receiving suggestions for a downtown/port identity, I seem to recall some interesting proposals for sculptural elements either at the end of Hurontario or at the projection of Ste. Mary Street. In these areas I can imagine very tall sculptural elements (perhaps 150ft tall/perhaps in the shape of a sail) something commemorating Collingwood’s shipbuilding history and drawing attention to the waterfront of sea ​​- something this ark will not do.

This kind of arched walkways have been built in many cities, like Queen Street East in Toronto, Hamilton and many more I’m sure. Collingwood should look for something more unique.

As a landscape architect and planner, I worked on the master plan for the components of Wasaga Beach Provincial Park nearly 50 years ago, and I can agree with the one comment that this type of component could work better the low. But again, it’s unfortunate that Wasaga Beach was unable to follow through on its own masterplanning effort several years ago. This person sorely misses the old main street and carnival aspect of the beach.

Ed Leonard
Collingwood, ON


This town of Collingwood tells its own story, as one enters it from any direction.

The architecture, vintage and recent, would in no way be complemented by the ugly, clunky and utterly useless black banner on two goal posts above the street.

The town is not so big that it needs such a clownish structure to point to shops and restaurants.

There’s quite possibly a better way to spruce up Collingwood – pave a few streets?

Collingwood, ON



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