Officers' Square Revitalization Plan

Officers’ Square Blog

The City of Fredericton has released its revitalization plan for Officers’ Square in the Historic Garrison District - Fredericton’s great public space. This multi-phase, multi-year project is an outcome of the Garrison District Master Plan. It is intended to provide improvements to existing cultural, festival and recreational infrastructure for the benefit of residents and visitors, young and old.

Officers' Square Revitalization Conceptual Plan, May 2018

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Related Information:

  • Summary of Presentations re: Officers’ Square from Development Committee Meeting, June 26, 2018 - Read the Summary | Watch the Video (Start at 7:44PM)
  • Information Panels About Officers' Square Revitalization Plan, June 29, 2018 - Web Page
  • Decorative fencing barricaded due to safety concerns, June 27, 2018 - News Release | Report
  • City Statement on the Archaeology of Officers’ Square, June 8, 2018 - News Release
  • City unveils conceptual design for Officers’ Square performance stage, May 22, 2018​​ - News Release | Design Presentation (PDF)
  • Officers’ Square Plan Revitalizes Fredericton’s Great Heritage, Cultural, Recreation Space, January 22, 2018 - News Release

About the Officers’ Square Revitalization Plan

The revitalization plan looks beyond this 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.  Proposed key elements include: 

  • a restoration and enlargement of the Square's central green space,
  • a chilled skating track set within the Square, under the walkway,
  • a new rain-protected performance stage for festivals and events,
  • an intimate small stage for buskers and outdoor theatre performances,
  • local food & beverage area,
  • a children's playground and splash zone, 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 below.  Note that artistic renderings and final design may not be exactly as pictured.  Some elements envisioned are only placeholders and yet to be designed.

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.