According to General Manager, Ellen Timms, the BIA has a few exciting plans ahead. “While we know a 40th anniversary of a BIA is not necessarily the cause for public celebration, we want to use the opportunity to execute some fun stuff this year.”
Watch for a public art gallery on the hoarding (wooden boards) around the Post Office Redevelopment site. The BIA has partnered with Port Credit Secondary School art students and local artist Susan Mentis to develop “Evolution”, a pictorial study of the evolution of Port Credit’s business community, from stone hooking to present day. The gallery will remain in place until the hoarding is removed from the site in the fall of this year.
The BIA is also working with the Port Credit Library and the community on a bigger and more curated yarn blitz. Last summer, over 200 people came together to decorate Port Credit during the 10th anniversary of Busker Fest. This summer a series of yarn art installation will be part of “Putting on the Blitz” starting with an installation on the Credit River pedestrian bridge in May. The installation is called “Sail Pass” and will feature water, boats, fish and other surprises, all created in yarn by local artists.
The Port Credit BIA operates with a staff of three and a board of 12 volunteers with a strategic plan that includes special events, marketing, beautification, accessibility, safety and member development.
Formed in 1976 by City bylaw, the Port Credit BIA has seen many changes over the years and most would say the BIA has had a strong hand in making the village the vibrant and exciting destination it is today.