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The Gaslight District is a new kind of urban park. A joyous place to spend the day engaging with friends and strangers alike.
And most importantly—there’s no price of admission.
Because a city’s worth, in our opinion, is its ability to provide fun for free.
where fun doesn’t require an entrance fee or a wrist band.
where we can twist, dance, shout and laugh with strangers until they become friends.
where we come together and celebrate the fact that we can come together. Imagine that!
All we’re missing is you. So leave your worries at home, and come out to play… Well, soon.
This is Cambridge’s opportunity to step outside of the four wall of our usual lives, leave our phones at home and have fun. You will be able to play all day without spending a cent because “free” is the best way to ensure that the whole city is included in your good time.
Gaslight District is a 1-acre public square with a permanent stage, a nearly three-story-tall video wall (same size at the screen outside of Scotiabank Arena) and a 12-month calendar full of free community events. Concerts, movie nights, dancing…and everyone is invited. For the first time in a while you will always have a party to go to.
We’ve also been busy creating three interactive art installations. Each one gets you joyfully involved with stories about Cambridge’s past, present and future. All are inspired by The Grand River, that ribbon of water that connects this city from North to South.
The Grand River has always been at the very centre of downtown Galt. And, perhaps we’ve been a bit guilty of taking it for granted. So how do we rekindle the relationship? It’s always best to start with “hello”. Hello River gives us the opportunity to say that important word in spectacular fashion. Whisper it. Yell it. Tell the river you will be kinder to it in the future. And while you are at it, say hello to all of Cambridge as your words are turned into five stories of light and magical sound.
River Lines is a 2500 square foot play area that marks the highest level of the 1974 Grand River flood. All along this river line, our community once came together to help neighbours and strangers alike. Today, this art installation, with interactive ground tiles that will turn your movements into sound and light, is where we will meet with strangers once again, but to play and dance all through the day and into the night… until those strangers become friends.
Meander, the largest living architecture sculpture in the world, takes you on a dreamlike journey into the beauty of nature within the Grand River. Look up and feel joy, awe and wonder while cutting edge technology fills your imagination with a sense of all that is possible. This interactive art is the creation of world-renowned artist, designer, and University of Waterloo Architecture professor Philip Beesley along with the Living Architecture Systems Group, a Waterloo-based collective of artists, architects, engineers, software developers, and scientists. It really is an expression of what Waterloo Region is all about and a vision of what we can become.
It’s what’s inside that counts. The Gaslight District is a 1-acre public square with a permanent stage, a nearly three-story-tall video wall (bigger than the screen at the Maple Leaf Square!), and a 12-month calendar full of free community events. Concerts, movie nights, sports events, dancing—and everyone is invited. For the first time in a while you will always have a party to go to.
Who knew that play could be so important?
Who knew it could be so free?
Where our city plays.
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The Gaslight District is not just another location. It’s a destination.
This is so much more than a traditional storefront. If you’re interested in joining our community, get in touch with our team today!