Windsor’s New City Hall Grand Opening and 126th City Birthday Celebration
The City of Windsor’s birthday celebration in 2018 marks the 126th anniversary of incorporation for the City of Windsor. Traditionally celebrated on the long weekend in May, the festivities are changing date and location this year to coincide with the grand opening of the New Windsor City Hall.
Everyone is invited to this free community event packed with fun for the entire family. The event takes place Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with several exciting opportunities for everyone to celebrate this great city.
Annual Mayor’s Walk
10:00 a.m. at Ambassador Park on the Waterfront
Gather shortly before 10:00 a.m. at Ambassador Park on the waterfront to warm up with the City’s department of Parks, Recreation & Culture, and Facilities. Mayor Drew Dilkens, members of Windsor City Council and special guests will be on hand for the event kick-off. Representatives of the Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County will be present and handing out country flags representing the homelands of some of Windsor’s diverse community members. The Mayor’s Walk will proceed along the waterfront from Ambassador Park to Dieppe Gardens. We will pause at the base of the Great Canadian Flag for the singing of our National Anthem just over one year since the date the flag was first flown at its permanent home at Dieppe. The walk will continue up Ouellette Avenue to University Avenue, making its way to the entrance of the New Windsor City Hall.
Grand Opening of the New Windsor City Hall & Public Tours of the Facility
11:00 a.m. at the New Windsor City Hall, 350 City Hall Square
Mayor Drew Dilkens will welcome the community, including current and former Windsor mayors and councillors to the grand opening of our New City Hall. This ceremony will include fanfare by musicians representing the Windsor Symphony Orchestra; a reading from Windsor’s Poet Laureate, Marty Gervais; and the official ribbon-cutting for the new facility. Immediately following the ceremony, guests will have the opportunity to tour the public areas of the new facility (which officially opens for business at noon on Tuesday, May 22, 2018) – including the grand new Council Chambers, along with the Mayor’s Office. Tours will be conducted by members of the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Team, City staff and volunteers.
Inside the new facility, guests will see two art installations: the Windsor Mayors Portrait Walls – featuring framed portraits and biographies of all former City of Windsor mayors, and portraits of all former Town of Windsor mayors; and the Windsor125 Community Mosaic – a public art piece created by members of the community at last year’s birthday celebration and assembled by local artists Katrina Eling and Dianne Clinton.
Guests will also have the opportunity to pick up a special keepsake commemorative coin to remember this important day in Windsor’s history, while supplies last.
Windsor 126th Birthday Celebration
11:30 a.m. at Senator Croll Park just outside the New Windsor City Hall
While tours of the New City Hall are underway, the City will host its annual birthday party at Senator Croll Park and Charles Clark Square, just outside the new facility. The party will include free birthday hot dogs and cupcakes, while supplies last; entertainment on the ShowMobile outdoor stage; activities, crafts, face-painting, games and displays in and around the park. For a complete, up-to-date description of the event and list of activities, please visit our City of Windsor Birthday page.
These festivities are brought to you by the City of Windsor and are made possible – in part – through the sponsorship of many businesses and community organizations, including: KPMG, Zehrs Markets, Tim Hortons, AM800 CKLW, CTV, YourTV, snapd Windsor, the Windsor Star, Caesars Windsor Cares, Optimist Club Riverside, Train Safety Windsor, The Keg Steakhouse and Bar, the University of Windsor, OSCAR Construction and the Windsor Port Authority.
Everyone is invited to join the celebration, experience the New Windsor City Hall, take photos to capture the special moments and share with us online using #Windsor126, #HappyBDayWindsor, #YQG and #CityWindsor.
For more information, visit www.citywindsor.ca or call 311.