Located in downtown Brantford, the new Civic Square represents a signature effort of effective planning practice and public input. It extends a full city block connecting two major downtown streets and is bordered on the sides with new residential buildings that have ground floor access. Entrance gates reflecting the new and classic architecture of the downtown front both streets with adjoining gardens creating quiet green introductions to the square. A lowered plaza is centred in the Square and includes a large artificial skating rink for winter activity and water jets for summer play. Along one side is an elevated stage for event programming that has involved the local theatre and the BIA. The square promises to be an active people place providing opportunities for adding to the life of the downtown core and act as a catalyst for further development.