Living in City Centre
City Centre is the signature neighbourhood in Mississauga It serves as the downtown core for Canada’s sixth largest city. The City Centre skyline is visible from far and wide. It is a beacon that invites visitors to come and explore. The growing skyline is dotted with high-rise condos punctuated by the iconic Absolute World towers condominiums – sometimes referred to as the Marilyn Monroe condos for their distinctive curvy shape – which are situated at the corner of Burnhamthorpe Road and Highway 10. These architectural marvels have received international acclaim.
City Centre is one of the GTA’s most vibrant communities. This 23-acre master-planned neighbourhood features pedestrian-friendly walkways, a large community park with displays of public art, live theatre at the Living Arts Centre, shopping and movies at Square One, higher learning at lat Sheridan College’s Hazel McCallion campus, fitness at the YMCA, community festivals at Celebration Square and entertainment at Playdium.
The hub of City Centre is the Mississauga Civic Centre. In addition to serving as the seat of local government, the Mississauga Civic Centre complex includes Celebration Square an outdoor space that features an amphitheatre, reflecting pool and skating rink in the wintertime. The The Living Arts Centre is situated just north of the Mississauga Civic Centre and the The Central Library is just south of the Civic Centre.
History of City Centre
When Square One Shopping Centre opened in 1973, it was surrounded by farm fields with some random pockets of housing. In 1987 the Mississauga Civic Centre was opened and became the local seat of government for the growing City of Mississauga. The Duke and Duchess of York were part of the opening ceremonies for the new civic centre. The Duke’s visit is commemorated in the street name Duke of York Blvd. that runs through the City Centre neighbourhood.
Much of the residential development of this neighbourhood has occurred only recently with Daniels’ multi-award winning Mississauga City Centre, a 23-acre master-planned neighbourhood that features a plethora of amenities in a neighbourhood where residents can live, work and play. The final chapter is yet to be written but the build up has been spectacular.
Homes in City Centre
As would befit any big city downtown core the Mississauga City Centre neighbourhood has the highest density and largest amount of high-rise condominium buildings of any neighbourhood in Mississauga. The architecture here is cutting edge with City planners not content to settle for ordinary slab towers but rather encouraging open design competitions and collaborations resulting in internationally acclaimed condos like Absolute Towers, sometime affectionately referred to as the Marilyn Monroe condos for their shape. Their are also pockets of new townhomes that blend in nicely with the streetscape.
Lifestyle in City Centre
Celebration Square located at 300 City Centre Drive next to Mississauga City Hall and the Civic Centre is an open air venue that hosts a variety of events and concerts. This outdoor public square features a state-of-the-art event venue complete with a permanent main stage amphitheatre. There is also a interactive water feature in the summer months as well as movie nights, fitness classes, concerts, a canada Day celebration, food truck rallies and more. Wintertime is just as exciting as the Square is transformed into Mississauga’s largest outdoor skating rink and hosts numerous events including a New Year’s Eve celebration.
Square One is the largest Shopping Centre in Ontario with over 320 shops, services, dining, and entertainment options. Square One Shopping Centre is recognized as on elf the premier fashion and lifestyle destination in the GTA.
Recreation in City Centre
You can skate at Celebrations Square, paint at the Living Arts Centre, shop, dine or catch a movie at Square One Cineplex Theatres, or ace your next homework assignment at The Central Library all interwoven within the fabric of this compact but bursting with energy neighbourhood. You can also watch great hockey at the nearby Hershey Centre where some of tomorrow’s NHL stars play for the hometown Mississauga Steelheads of the Junior Ontario Hockey League.
Arts in City Centre
The Living Arts Centre is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that operates the premiere arts and culture facility located in the heart of Mississauga. The Living Arts Centre is a magnificent edifice that features a stunning landmark atrium, three presentation-ready theatres, seven professional craft studios, and an attractive in-house restaurant.
The Centre’s seven craft/arts studios are the home of professional Resident Artists and also feature dozens of recreational classes for all ages. The LAC Gallery features constantly changing art exhibitions throughout the year. The meeting and conference rooms are utilized by community organizations and businesses for a variety of events, from church services, to luncheon meetings, to international videoconference business meetings.
The Living Arts Centre proudly serves as the performance outlet for dozens of Mississauga arts organizations and community cultural groups, including the Mississauga Choral Society, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, Mississauga International Children`s Festival and 30 Community Organizations.
Transportation in City Centre
The City Centre Transit Terminal situated at 200 Rathburn Road, on the northwest corner of Square One Shopping Centre is the main transit hub and bus station for MiWay, Mississauga’s public transit service. Highway 403 borders this neighbourhood to the north and connects commuters to the 400 Series highways that criss-cross the Greater Toronto Area.