Media Release: Brockton Receives $54,000 for Market Garden Project

Brockton receives Government of Canada support through My Main Street Community Activator Placemaking Program

June 21, 2022 Walkerton, ON – The Municipality of Brockton is pleased to announce that its Market Garden Park project was selected for the My Main Street Community Activator program and has received $54,000 to assist in the park’s development as a community hub in downtown Walkerton.

Through the Government of Canada’s My Main Street Community Activator, delivered by the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI), Brockton will enjoy a more vibrant neighbourhood setting in downtown Walkerton that will draw visitors and increase foot traffic to shops, restaurants and exciting new public spaces. This project by the Municipality of Brockton is supported by My Main Street—a two-year, $23.25-million investment by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), delivered by CUI and the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO).

The Market Garden Park is a community initiative to transform and activate a vacant lot in the heart of downtown Walkerton, creating a safe, accessible and dynamic urban space to support and inspire local residents, community groups, visitors and businesses.

The property, at 312 Durham Street, was once the site of the Golden Wheel Restaurant. It was owned by the Wong family, the first Chinese immigrants to settle in Walkerton, and the family recently donated part of the land to the Municipality to create a public park, and a lasting legacy. Construction of the Market Garden Park is expected to begin later this summer.

The My Main Street grant will enable the Municipality to provide within the park an interpretive wall highlighting the Wong family's story and contribution to the community. It will also cover the cost of a decorative water “curtain,” cafe tables and chairs, and a low, accessible stage for special events and performances. We are looking forward to celebrating the grand opening of this community space later this year.


“Our government is committed to helping communities bring their main streets back to life. My Main Street is providing vital support to projects that will reanimate neighbourhoods through installations, events and activities that are inclusive, innovative and engaging to create jobs and drive economic growth for local economies.”— The Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)

”We are very grateful for this funding from FedDev Ontario, through the My Main Street Community Activator Program, to help bring our vision to life of a beautiful downtown park that will be a community hub enjoyed by all and welcoming to visitors. Many thanks to the Canadian Urban Institute [SMA(h|el(1] for looking favourably on our project.”— His Worship Chris Peabody, Mayor of Brockton

“Our whole community has been working hard to raise money for this project, and this grant will make a substantial difference, taking the Market Garden Park project to the next level to make it a truly interactive and inclusive space.” — Sonya Watson, Chief Administrative Officer,  Brockton


The Municipality of Brockton is a proud rural community strengthened by a balance of social equity, culture, environmental integrity, and progressive economic development. Nestled in the rolling countryside of the Saugeen and Teeswater rivers in Bruce County, Brockton is a friendly community of about 9,500 people with innovative industry and a vibrant downtown core. The Municipality was incorporated in 1999 when the former municipalities of Brant, Greenock and Walkerton were amalgamated. The name Brockton was chosen as a combination of these names. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Media Contacts 

Paulette Peirol
Community Development Coordinator
Municipality of Brockton
519-881-2223 ext 131


Nick Hanson                                                   Monica Granados
Communications Lead                                    Press Secretary, Office of the Hon. Helena Jaczek
Canadian Urban Institute                                Minister responsible for the Federal Economic                               Development Agency for Southern Ontario