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City to contribute $28,000 for 'woods and water' study

Tuesday, June 10, 2014   by: Darren Taylor

City council unanimously approved a funding application Monday from Sault Ste. Marie's Invasive Species Centre in regards to the centre's plan to form part of the ongoing development of Mill Square into a multi-purpose facility known as Destination North Discovery Centre.

Council approved $27,939.25, to be drawn from the city's Economic Development Fund (EDF), towards the centre's plan for a "Woods and Water" attraction, focussing on the Algoma area, at Destination North.

The money will be used to compile a study in which private sector partners for Woods and Water can be identified, as well as to brainstorm ideas that could be included in the facility.

The Invasive Species Centre has described Woods and Water as a natural complement to Destination North's plan for Entomica, an interactive tourist attraction that will provide an educational look into the fascinating world of insects.

Other Destination North components will include a Group of Seven exhibit, Wilderness Rail and the aboriginal cultural/arts and crafts component known as Aazhogan Anishnabek.

Woods and Water, to be located at Destination North's Pulp Tower, is designed to highlight Algoma's natural environment and to raise awareness of the importance of fighting the invasive species threat.

It is intended to be a year-round learning opportunity for students from the Sault and area (school trips and summer camps).

Suggested revenue-generating ideas aimed at tourists include a climbing wall which simulates rock faces typical of the Canadian shield, treetop adventures with bridges and ropes between platforms and treehouses (with educational information in each treehouse), a planetarium style ceiling showing the Northern Lights and a virtual ride entitled Fly Over Algoma.

Also at Monday's council meeting, Mayor Debbie Amaroso congratulated Mill Square's CEO Justus Veldman on the well-received opening last week of Mill Market , a new farmers market facility located at the former municipal fish hatchery.

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Twist Of Fate 6/10/2014 10:53:41 AM Report

what a waste
MR.squiggles 6/10/2014 11:00:16 AM Report

shut up
soowat 6/10/2014 11:00:35 AM Report

How many invasive species centres do we already have in SSM? Isn't there already one at Algoma U? I fear we are wasting tax dollars to duplicate existing facilities. Anybody want to bet that the head of the centre will be related to a council member or a member of the executive in city government?
Twist Of Fate 6/10/2014 11:37:36 AM Report

more pipe dreams for the city just the gateway project or the spiral condo building. When will this city learn from it's mistakes.
EmmasDad 6/10/2014 11:59:26 AM Report

The tourists will come in groves for a "climbing wall" and "educational tree-houses".

Could city council be any farther out of touch with reality?
MYPOINT 6/10/2014 12:30:07 PM Report

I fear it is now definitely the time to put a whole NEW slate of people onto our city council. Obviously the people on there at the present time are definitely out of touch with reality.

I could name a whole list of things or ideas or decisions that are or have been totally idiotic but have none the less been approved by the current city council. I shall not bother to do so as I am quite sure others are already aware of these things or could do the same themselves.

I agree the the 'head' of that new place will most likely be related somehow with someone currently either on council or at the top of the executive staff in this city.

When is this nonsense going to end? The answer is, as soon as the next municipal election is held and the votes counted ( I hope ).

As always, your views may differ :)
Twist Of Fate 6/10/2014 12:38:27 PM Report

sadly as long as there is only one person that is running this city things will not change no matter who is filling the seats.
Jimssm 6/10/2014 12:55:01 PM Report

What a bunch of negative nannies.

Read the article... this is NOT an invasive species centre.

Let's just all sit on our hands and criticize the people that are trying to do something with wasted space. So far, the old paper mill site is coming together pretty well.

A good use of $27,000 IMHO
Twist Of Fate 6/10/2014 1:02:53 PM Report

It is a bad idea plain and simple, hard to imagine anyone sitting in their living room saying "we should drive to the soo to look at some bugs" This is nothing more than wasted tax dollars.
MR.squiggles 6/10/2014 1:08:40 PM Report

shut up
HONEST1 6/10/2014 1:32:08 PM Report

Please fix some roads.....
ThinkAgain 6/10/2014 1:36:42 PM Report

wasting money again, so foolish - whats next
Pakadeva 6/10/2014 2:06:42 PM Report

Actually, adults won't be saying it, KIDS will be nagging their parents to go see the bugs! Who usually wins the argument these days? The kids!
VEROTIK 6/10/2014 5:22:51 PM Report

or they could stop their car open the door and go outside and see the bugs..

maybe the flight attraction should be flying over algoma on the back of a mosquito, there you go the worlds first mosquito ride. saved you 28k 'brainstorming' send 10% of the savings into
blackspruce 6/10/2014 6:37:29 PM Report

instead of being negative, lets hear some ideas you would think would be better. The city gets government funding that they have to spend or lose. Anything that creates jobs for our kids I would welcome it.
Frio 6/10/2014 10:08:02 PM Report

The ability to read and comprehend is really low but it doesn't interfere with the arm chair critics negative comments. Obviously some people think "invasive species" is only insects. They never heard of Asian carp, zebra mussels, purple loosestrife, Himalayan balsam, giant hogweed, and many others including man.
Honestysucks 6/11/2014 7:02:37 AM Report

these "studies" are such a waste of money!!! money could go to so many other things that is needed
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