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City seeks seniors' input on parks and rec projects

Wednesday, January 22, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

CITY OF SAULT STE MARIE

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The City of Sault Ste. Marie is currently in the process of updating its Parks and Recreation Master Strategy Plan for the Corporation of the City of Sault Ste. Marie.

The City recognizes that citizens in our community have a diverse wealth of knowledge and your comments, feedback and support is needed as we further develop the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

Take time to learn about the Plan and ensure it includes your views.

We will be hosting the second of two Senior Citizens Community Engagement Sessions on the following date:

  • Wednesday, January 29, 2014 – 1:30 p.m. at the Steelton Seniors Centre, 235 Wellington Street West

Please assist us in identifying the needs and priorities related to recreation, parks, facilities and leisure services within the community of Sault Ste. Marie over the next 5 to 10 years.

Engagement sessions for other sectors of the community will be announced soon.

For more information, contact the Community Services Department at 705-759-5310.

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kbro 1/22/2014 6:14:53 PM Report

It's not surprising that the city is not interested in getting any input from the youth of this city. If they are then I haven't heard anything about that. The counselors of this city have tried to make this city a retirement community for a long time and they continue to do that with any policies and any plans for city development. This city has never actively tried to pursue any youth initiatives.The youth of this city have tried for so many years to getting the parks department to build projects oriented for youth, but the city council for the last 30 years have done whatever they can to sidestep the youth. When the youth of this city tried for at least 20 years to get a skateboard park, the city finally agreed to build half a park and said they would deal with it later in completing the park. Nothing has been done about completing this park and I don't foresee that changing. It is surprising that city council to build half of a skateboard park and the half of a skateboard park is too small for the population of this city. The only reason that the counselors ever agreed to building a half of a park was to silence the youth and to make it look like they did something for the youth. The youth of this city have also tried to get a bike park in town. Park initiatives were put on hold for a short period of time when the retired Christian community in town couldn't get the religious grotto in Bellevue park. From what I gathered online there was a town house meeting afterwards to discuss building that park but I have not gathered any information if it is still being pursued. If it is then I wouldn't be surprised if they build it in two phases. They would do this so that they could build the first phase to make it look like something was done, and then sweep it under the carpet like the Councillors did with the skateboard park. This way they wouldn't have to complete it and just make it look like they did. I really think Counselors need get some input from the youth about the parks because city members have always said they want to keep youth here but never make any steps to do that. Our city has been controlled by certain members of council in making this city a retirement community and nothing more than that. This needs to be changed and I hope I read on here that council wants to hear from the youth of this city.
kbro 1/22/2014 6:16:16 PM Report

It's not surprising that the city is not interested in getting any input from the youth of this city. If they are then I haven't heard anything about that. The counselors of this city have tried to make this city a retirement community for a long time and they continue to do that with any policies and any plans for city development. This city has never actively tried to pursue any youth initiatives.The youth of this city have tried for so many years to getting the parks department to build projects oriented for youth, but the city council for the last 30 years have done whatever they can to sidestep the youth. When the youth of this city tried for at least 20 years to get a skateboard park, the city finally agreed to build half a park and said they would deal with it later in completing the park. Nothing has been done about completing this park and I don't foresee that changing. It is surprising that city council built half of a skateboard park and the half of a skateboard park is too small for the population of this city. The only reason that the counselors ever agreed to building a half of a park was to silence the youth and to make it look like they did something for the youth. The youth of this city have also tried to get a bike park in town. Park initiatives were put on hold for a short period of time when the retired Christian community in town couldn't get the religious grotto in Bellevue park. From what I gathered online there was a town house meeting afterwards to discuss building that park but I have not gathered any information if it is still being pursued. If it is then I wouldn't be surprised if they build it in two phases. They would do this so that they could build the first phase to make it look like something was done, and then sweep it under the carpet like the Councillors did with the skateboard park. This way they wouldn't have to complete it and just make it look like they did. I really think Counselors need get some input from the youth about the parks because city members have always said they want to keep youth here but never make any steps to do that. Our city has been controlled by certain members of council in making this city a retirement community and nothing more than that. This needs to be changed and I hope I read on here that council wants to hear from the youth of this city.
Stugatzu 1/22/2014 6:47:22 PM Report

Over the next 5-10 years, the seniors you seek advice from, regarding improvements to the parks and recs projects -- WILL BE DEAD.


I find it a tad bit offensive, that as a tax payer who can expect to be paying taxes for the next 40+ years -- that my input regarding parks and recreation.. as venues and facilities I will be using for the next 40+ foreseeable years... doesn't matter. I plan on having children... and what I think they would enjoy doesn't matter -- because Sault Ste. Marie is really Elliot Lake North.


This is quite offensive.
Pakadeva 1/22/2014 11:13:45 PM Report

I think the city has already gathered opinions from the youth, now they are asking for input from the seniors, the people who built this city. I think it's only fitting. I hope the park has something to offer all age groups & is made accessible to everyone.
chico1 1/23/2014 6:21:40 AM Report

The first thing on the agenda should be to open up that old, dilapidated, amphitheatre at Bellvue Park, to everyone so that they could entertain the people. Right now you can't even go up on it without renting it for over $25 and extra insurance. Nobody even goes near it anymore. It used to be nice to go there, sit on the side of the hill and listen to some music. The following is a statement that appears on one of the Sault's tourist websites:
This beautiful park set on the shore of the St. Marys River offers something for everyone. Stroll through the botanical gardens and greenhouses, take in a concert at the amphitheatre or just take a relaxing walk through the beautifully serene setting.

What concerts?
kbro 1/23/2014 10:48:57 AM Report

As a response to Pakadeva, I agree that input is need from all sectors of the community. I wasn't trying to state that seniors shouldn't have an input into the development of this city. I just feel that the city council and CAO of this city have neglected the youth of this city for the last thirty years in town and have avoided investing in the youth for the last thirty years. If the city has gathered the input from the youth they have done it without my knowledge and I don't remember reading about a forum for the youth to give input concerning parks and recreational projects. I know that there have been two announcements on sootoday.com about this parks meeting for seniors and from my online searches I have not found anything about about city council asking for input from the youth. The closest thing I could find about a meeting for the youth input is that the city council was supposed to consider a request regarding the feasibility of a splash pad. The way that council in this city deals with this I am gathering they will do it in two phases if that ever goes through.The will have concrete in the first phase and then they will get the water for in ten years when council gets back to following through with the second phase.
oldawg 1/23/2014 11:37:41 AM Report

The last line says, " Engagement sessions for other sectors of the community will be announced soon." It's not just seniors they are asking for input from. Doesn't matter though, because apparently we're all going to be dead within 10 years.
D0BBER 1/23/2014 5:18:00 PM Report

We should start a poll where we can vote in what order you old people die off in .. this is far too important to leave up to fate !!
oldawg 1/23/2014 5:55:26 PM Report

Yeah, and they can bury us in Bellvue Park. We're used to getting crapped on anyway.
kbro 1/23/2014 8:07:56 PM Report

i wasn't trying to crap on the seniors was just giving a statement about city council and someone took it the wrong way.
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