Officers' Square - Garrison District Master Plan

The City of Fredericton has released its revitalization plan for Officers’ Square in the Historic Garrison District.  The revitalization plan for the National Historic Site will be implemented as a multi-phase, multi-year project.  Heritage preservation is a central priority and the plan provides improvements to existing cultural, festival, and recreational infrastructure.

The revitalization plan looks beyond this generation, or even the next generation, and sets the course for many decades to come. By implementing the plan over several years, in a multi-phase approach, it is designed as a pay-as-you-go project, sticking to the long term financial plan and accommodates  other major priorities.

Key elements include: 

  • a restoration and enlargement of the Square’s central green space,
  • a chilled oval skating rink set within the square,
  • a new rain-protected performance stage for festivals and events,
  • An intimate small stage for buskers and outdoor theatre performances
  • local food & beverage area,
  • and new entrances designed according to current public safety requirements. 

The overall design is envisioned as a series of landscaped rooms, with a large grass public space within the traditional square of the old military parade grounds. Pavers designed to be reminiscent of the City’s tartan will be set along the perimeter of the site. 

View a selection of conceptual design videos here:

Note that artistic renderings and final design may not be exactly as pictured.  Some elements envisioned are only placeholders and yet to be designed, including:

  • The major performance stage
  • Children’s playground
  • Public art
  • Gateway features at the corner of St. Anne’s Pointe Drive and Queen Street
  • Expansion to the Garrison public washroom to accommodate equipment for the chilled ice surface

About the Garrison District Master Plan

The Garrison District Master Plan provides a high-level guiding vision for the future of the Garrison District, recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s most important cultural tourism public spaces. It has been developed in consultation with various stakeholders active in the Garrison District including, landowners, the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, Downtown Fredericton Inc., museums, heritage groups, and festival organizers.