Sparks Street Mall Authority

Our mandate is to maintain Sparks Street as an attractive destination encompassing local and national culture by offering:

  • An exciting community mix that works collectively, is diverse, combining financial institutions, restaurants, shops, services, entertainment and more

  • An outdoor environment where pedestrians have priority – an oasis away from traffic, a meeting space that provides a unique experience for families, tourists and business people

  • Streetscape improvement and other amenities: Providing for more pedestrian-friendly lighting, signage, street furniture, planters, banners and sidewalk treatment 

  • An attractive destination that reflects local and national culture and heritage with historically significant and beautiful architecture, views to Parliament Hill and cultural landmarks   

  • A hub that connects downtown Ottawa – convenient and accessible, linking cultural centres and residential areas with hotels, retail, entertainment and dining destinations    and residential areas of Ottawa Centre and beyond

Sparks Street Authority Annual Report 2020 - Click Here



Sparks Street Mall Authority Staff

Kevin McHale
Executive Director

Laura Young

Director of Marketing and Stakeholder Relations

Marissa Lord

Communications and Engagement Director

Bob Rumscheidt

Event and Site Logistics Manager

Sparks Street Mall Authority Board of Directors:

Board Chair:  Court Curry
Manager, Right of Way, Heritage and Urban Design Services City of Ottawa


Ian Wright
Owner, The Snow Goose


Bill Leonard

Director, Real Estate Management | National Capital Commission 

Michael Swan
Assistant Vice President, Morguard

Rocque Gameiro


Program, Portfolio and Client Relationship Management/ Parliamentary Precinct Branch

West Block Program and Program Oversight

Public Service and Procurement Canada / Government of Canada

Catherine McKenney
Councillor, Somerset Ward, City of Ottawa