Sault Disc Golf Association board members Mike Skinner (foreground) and Mark Mizzi check out a Ward 4 map at Tuesday’s Parks and Recreation public open house at GFL Memorial Gardens.
If you have an ideas or concerns about the state of the Sault’s parks and recreation facilities, its programs or events, now is the time to share them.
Sault Ste. Marie’s Parks and Recreation Dept. is holding public open houses this week and they want to hear from you. The ﬁrst of three open houses was held Monday at the Northern Community Centre and yesterday the second three-hour session was conducted at the GFL Memorial Gardens. The third session is set for this afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. and winding up at 7 p.m. at the John Rhodes Community Centre.
The city’s manager of Recreation and Culture, Virginia McLeod, says input from residents is vital in creating a well-rounded ﬁve-year plan. “This will hopefully give us our road map for the next ﬁve years,” says McLeod. “As staﬀ, sometimes you’re looking at things with a diﬀerent lens. We also use our facilities as well but diﬀerent users use their spaces in diﬀerent ways. There may be things we’ve missed.
“We encourage everybody to come out,” she continued. “We’d love to hear their thoughts and hopefully gain more information on how people are using our facilities and where they see opportunities and potentially, new things that we could be doing.”
McLeod says input is welcome on virtually all aspects of local parks, trails, playgrounds and indoor facilities. Open houses were held in 2017 and 2018 to help create the current plan, launched in 2019.
“It’s great to have that dialogue,” McLeod says. ”Things come up when you’re having conversations. It’s an important part of our consultation process. “It really does cover everything from sport and leisure ctivities
that are taking place in our community.”
The City of Sault Ste. Marie is working with thinc design, Mehak, Kelly & Associates, Oraclepoll Research and RFA Planning Consultants to develop a ﬁve-year Master Plan and a Parkland Dedication By-law.The second phase will include an online survey and discussions with community user groups at which point gaps in services will be identiﬁed.
An assessment and recommendations phase will follow, leading to a draft report. A ﬁnal report will be presented to city council in early 2024.