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Some final thoughts on the final day of the pedestrian mall in St. John’s

Jana Gillis and Danny McLeod. — Andrew Waterman/The Telegram
Jana Gillis and Danny McLeod. — Andrew Waterman/The Telegram

The Telegram asked what people were thinking on the last day of what most agree was a Water Street success

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

Labour Day Monday marked the last day of the pedestrian mall on Water Street in St. John's — at least for 2020 — and there were many who took the opportunity for a final saunter in the middle of the downtown street.

Families and friends strolled with their children and pets, or sat down to enjoy a cold beverage and some food on the outdoor patios. Classical guitar was being plucked and the music produced sent out through a small amplifier near The Celtic Hearth, while further up the street, an accordion was being played as people sipped coffee from Rocket Bakery or ate french fries from Ziggy Peelgoods.

The Telegram was also there, asking people for their thought on the pedestrian mall’s final day.


Derrick Walsh, St. John’s

"We knew today was the last day for this year, so we thought we’d just come down and enjoy it one more time. I think it’s a little bit disappointing that they didn’t extend it. I don’t think it should have been done until New Year's, but even another month would have been great, especially for the businesses."

Derrick, Dylan and Corina Walsh. — Andrew Waterman/The Telegram
Derrick, Dylan and Corina Walsh. — Andrew Waterman/The Telegram

Corina Walsh, St. John’s

"There’s been summers where I’ve probably only came down once. This summer, I’ve been down here at least 10 or 12 times. I think it’s a genius idea. I would like for it to come back every summer, and they definitely should have extended it."


Jana Gillis, Toronto

"We came from Toronto (and) we quarantined, but we’ve only been here since the last week of August. It’s like another world over here. Coming from Toronto, it’s nice. Life is still happening, and people are safe."



Chrissy Dicks and Kelly McMichael. — Andrew Waterman/The Telegram
Chrissy Dicks and Kelly McMichael. — Andrew Waterman/The Telegram

Kelly McMichael, St. John’s

"We’re down to take (the last day) in and walk around and see some familiar faces."



Marie Foley, Wendy Walsh and Casey Harris. — Andrew Waterman/The Telegram
Marie Foley, Wendy Walsh and Casey Harris. — Andrew Waterman/The Telegram

Wendy Walsh, St. John’s

"It makes you wonder why it wasn't always this way. But I guess maybe if I was a business owner on Duckworth maybe I wouldn’t see it that way. I can see that, but I think they did a really good job this summer. I think that they planned it well for the amount of time that they had. And I think people really enjoyed it."


Marie Foley, Petty Harbour

"It’s nice. I’m glad I got down to see it before the end of the day."

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