City begins public engagement for arena strategy

City of St. Catharines press release – The City of St. Catharines is calling for public input as it moves forward on developing an arena strategy that will address long-term arena needs.

The City has initiated public engagement, including an online survey at www.engagestc.ca/arenastrategy, the City’s new online engagement tool, in order to seek the community’s feedback on the arena strategy. The strategy will provide a blueprint for how to best invest public resources to meet the current and future needs of the community. Currently the City owns the Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre, Garden City Arena Complex, Bill Burgoyne Arena, Merritton Centennial Arena and Meridian Centre.

“Consultation with the community and user groups will be a critical part of developing the arena strategy,” said Eric Lamothe, acting manager of business planning and strategic services. “Combined with the study of the arenas and their usage, along with comparable municipalities and industry standards, this information will allow us to develop a plan to guide future decisions when it comes to renewal and development of arenas in the City.”

Community consultation will be a significant part of the process. The online survey can be filled out until Friday, March 8 and paper copies are also available at City arenas, St. Catharines City Hall and the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre. In addition to the community at large, user groups and the Recreation Master Plan Committee will be engaged as the strategy is developed.

An open house will also be planned in the spring of 2019 to present preliminary findings and to obtain feedback from the public on a draft strategy. Throughout the process, residents can also submit any written comments to arenas@stcatharines.ca.

Once completed, City Council will be presented with the draft arena strategy for approval and will consider the recommendations before moving ahead with any of the proposed options. The development of the arena strategy supports several actions in Council’s strategic plan, including optimizing capital infrastructure, ensuring effective asset management and sustainable investment; and prioritizing and implementing recommendations from the Parks and Recreation Master Plan with a focus on balancing recreation services for all ages, demographics and abilities.

Online survey launched on EngageSTC

The online survey has been launched on EngageSTC, a new way for the community to learn about City projects and initiatives and share feedback with the City. The online engagement platform was launched in December and will continue to be updated and evolve with a variety of projects as engagement opportunities arise.

EngageSTC is a little different than what residents have used for online feedback in the past, such as having to log in to take the survey. You can use EngageSTC anonymously. Your participation, including comments, will appear under your chosen username. All you need to do is visit www.EngageSTC.ca, click “Register” and follow the instructions.

 


 

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