Windsor Seeks Input On Location And Uses For Historic Streetcar

The City of Windsor wants to know what the public thinks is the best way to show off its historic streetcar.

In October, Windsor city council voted 7-4 in favour of accepting the donation to restore it to the tune of  up to $750,000.

The 100-year-old streetcar is currently being restored and the city wants to hear from the public on where it should be located and how it should be used.

It is holding an open house this Wednesday, January 31 to get some feedback.

Manager of Cultural Affairs Cathy Masterson says all ideas are welcomed.

"Cultural hub in the downtown would be super awesome," she says.  "Whether it is an amphitheatre space or performance space for theatre groups like Shakespeare in the park in the summer time or food services."

Masterson says the streetcar is currently being restored so this is a good time for input to decide what features would be included, future uses and whether the city wants it outdoors or under a canopy.

Windsor was the first city in Canada to have an electric streetcar.


Streetcar housed in a University Ave warehouse. (Photo by Mayor Drew Dilkens)

"It is absolutely a significant piece of our past. So it is really nice to see the corporation being a bit proactive and see council finding a way to ensure it is restored properly and respectfully," says Masterson.

The Open House is scheduled from 5pm to 7pm at the Chimczuk Museum at 401 Riverside Dr. West.

The restoration will take two years to complete.

Mayor Drew Dilkens has proposed placing it on the riverfront, close to the Ambassador Bridge, to offer ice cream and other food products.