Open house planned for City’s draft arena strategy

City of St. Catharines press release – Public engagement will continue as the City of St. Catharines moves forward on developing an arena strategy that will address long-term arena needs.

After an initial round of public engagement that saw hundreds of arena users provide feedback, the City will be holding a public open house to discuss the draft strategy on Wednesday, May 1/2019, from 6-8 p.m., at the Port Weller Community Centre, 1 Bogart St.

City officials and Monteith Brown Planning Consultants will be on hand at the drop-in style open house to discuss the draft strategy, which was put together with community feedback, combined with a study of the arenas and their usage, as well as comparable municipalities and industry standards.

The draft strategy will be released in advance of the meeting on the City’s online engagement site, at www.EngageSTC.ca/arenastrategy. Once posted, residents will also be able to share their feedback on the draft strategy online through the EngageSTC platform up until Wednesday, May 8/2019, at 4 p.m.

“We’re thrilled with the response with the community consultation, which included a survey, along with feedback from the user groups of the facilities and the City’s Recreation Master Plan Committee,” said Eric Lamothe, acting manager of business planning and strategic services. “The consultants have taken that input and will be able to speak to the public about the draft recommendations for short and long-term needs for our ice and dryland facilities and answer any questions.”

Lamothe said they hope the strong level of community engagement will continue at the open house. He said the feedback based on the preliminary findings from the consultation will be critical in shaping the draft arena strategy before it is presented to St. Catharines City Council.

“Community engagement is an important part of this process. We want residents to know their voice will be heard,” said Lamothe.

Once completed, City Council will be presented with the draft arena strategy for review 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 Facilities Master Plan with a focus on balancing recreation services for all ages, demographics and abilities.

 


 

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