City to Begin Work to Transform Key Districts

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens, Ward 6 Councillor Jo-Anne Gignac, Olde Riverside BIA President Rick Martinello, and members of the Riverside business community met today to unveil the City of Windsor’s plan to complete Theming and Districting Studies in key destination points across the city.

In 2021, the City of Windsor undertook the first Theming and Districting Study for Historic Walkerville. The learnings from this process are now being replicated and expanded across five more community districts.

On May 9, 2022, Windsor City Council approved funds to undertake five key Theming and Districting Reports.

Working together with Business Improvement Associations (BIAs) – Sandwich Towne, Downtown Windsor, Ford City, Olde Riverside, and Wyandotte Town Centre – the City of Windsor’s Planning Department will be taking a three-phased approach to develop a conceptual plan that will identify theming opportunities in the below districts:

Identified Areas Receiving A Districting Plan

Funding Approved by City Council to Complete Studies

Sandwich Town


Downtown Windsor


Ford City




Wyandotte Town Centre


In the coming months as part of the first phase, a background study will begin in order to identify revitalization opportunities in these areas. Following the initial research study, the community, residents and businesses will be invited to participate in discussions to have their say on the design and vision to create these unique public spaces. The third and final phase of these projects will consist of developing the approved vision, inviting the community to see the design through an open house, and later receiving final approval at Windsor City Council before being implemented.

More information will be shared in the coming weeks through the City of Windsor’s Facebook page and website. In the meantime, residents interested in learning more about Theme Districting, can visit the City’s Theme Districting page.


“The incorporation of the City of Windsor in 1858 brought together several municipalities and districts that shape who we are today. Through the development of these five Theming and Districting Reports, we can help ensure the legacy of our history, culture, and people continues. Thanks to City Council and various Business Improvement Associations, we can improve these public spaces in order to drive tourism and create more enjoyable areas to live, work, and visit.”
- Mayor Drew Dilkens

“Highlighting the rich history and diversity of the former towns that make up Windsor and their BIAs is exciting! Riverside, which celebrated its 100th anniversary of incorporation as a town in 2021, has in fact been the choice of families looking for a relaxed, water oriented place to raise their families and locate their business for much longer than that – actually dating back to the 1700s when Riverside was Sandwich East. Our murals and sculptures celebrate our history with the Detroit River and Lake St Clair, and the family-run businesses here are an integral part of the charm and success of this community. I am so excited to help facilitate this next step in theming our neighbourhoods! Welcome to Riverside... home of the Peace Fountain, amazing parks, excellent schools, Peche Island, Lakeview Park Marina, Windsor Yacht Club and kayak launch, WFCU Centre arena, Farrow Riverside Miracle Park and Diamond, Ganatchio Trail, Motor City Clairview Bikeway Trail, amazing specialty retail shops, fantastic restaurants and the friendliest people in Ontario!!! Come visit... you may decide to stay!”
Councillor Jo-Anne Gignac, Ward 6

“Olde Riverside Town is a unique gem: we’re a community within a community. The project announced by the City of Windsor will help us find pathways to further expand upon our historical ties, while casting to the future, securing new investments and storefronts and creating a welcoming environment for local families and visitors from across the city and region. We look forward to the potential growth and prosperity this initiative will bring to the businesses and citizens of Riverside. Our sincerest thanks to Mayor Dilkens, City Council and our own Council representative Jo-Anne Gignac whose care, guidance and commitment to our BIA and the Riverside community is second to none.”
- Rick Martinello, Olde Riverside BIA President

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