We all know how great our waterfront is, now the rest of Canada is catching on. “Great Places in Canada” presented by the Canadian Institute of Planners.
The votes have been tallied and the first round of judging has been completed. From a field of 32 nominations, 14 locations have been selected as the finalists in this year’s Great Places in Canada contest.
Nearly 14,500 votes were received from Canadians across the country over the four-month contest period.
Sault Ste. Marie joins places like London Ontario and Charlottetown P.E.I as one of the Great Places in Canada for the final round.
“It’s such a pleasure to see Canadians get so involved in the celebration of their communities and really get behind them by nominating and voting for their favourite place ,” says Michael Gordon, President of the Canadian Institute of Planners which hosts the annual contest.
A description of the Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront nomination reads; the Waterfront’s beauty is the outcome of decades of public investment, environmental remediation, and a long-term vision for recreating a people-focused waterfront: a community gathering place. The Waterfront is the capstone project of downtown revitalization. Long-term attention towards the Waterfront has helped shift perceptions towards investing in the downtown, thus providing a sense of confidence and stability for private investors and businesspeople.The Waterfront’s design successfully integrates the industrial heritage of the steel and transport industries – serving as the lifeblood of Sault Ste. Marie for over a century
Six locations will take home the honours, either as People’s Choice winners based on overall numbers of votes, or as the Grand Prize winners based on planning excellence and as determined by Canadian planners.
Check out the Sault Ste. Marie nomination and the other finalists at http://www.greatplacesincanada.ca/en/finalists.asp
Winners will be announced on World Town Planning Day, November 7, 2014.