Downtown Splash Park Goes Down The Drain

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Hopes of building a new splash pad in the downtown area went down the drain at Monday’s council meeting.

The Downtown Association asked council to re-consider building the new splash pad at Bellevue park and to favour Clergue Park as the location.

Council, however would not budge.

Council voted months ago to build the splash pad at Bellevue Park for a number of reasons, cost being one of them.

Bryan Hayes, former councillor and MP and now board member chair of the Downtown Association told council that some stakeholders were not invited to the consultation process before council made its decision.

Hayes told council that as a partner in the community, the association should have been asked for input into the project’s location.

Hayes believes that building the splash pad downtown would help as an economic driver for the downtown. “The downtown needs the splash pad more than Bellevue Park needs a splash park. The inaugural splash pad needs to be downtown,” Hayes said.

Most of council disagreed saying the decision was made based on public input and city staff recommendations.

Ward 1 councillor took offence to some of the remarks from Hayes and stated that city staff did extensive research into the decision. “the splash park is a place for children and families and not an economic entity”

Mayor Provenzano agreed saying the decision was the right decision. “As a community we need to start pulling in the same direction” the Mayor said following a vote of 10 to 2 to reconsider the location.

The splash park is budgeted at $575,000 and money still needs to be found to pay for it.

The Downtown Association was asked for a comment regarding the decision, but has not replied to our request as of publication.

 

8 COMMENTS

  1. Where is the Corporation getting their figures for the install of this potential project? A recent article by CBC Sudbury stated their municipal splash pads cost an average of $200-250k. That is double the estimate of the one they want to install here! Based on Sudbury’s average compared to the $575 SSM is keen on spending, this whole debate could end with each location getting a new splash pad! Something doesn’t sound right here!

  2. Clergue Park splashpad would make a significant economic impact on downtown? How? Spillover effect into the Library or Art Museum? Maybe someone will re-open Peachy’s Pizza across the street. Open another one in Phil Espotato park…that will probably cause an increase to bridge traffic…splashpads everywhere!!! I’m opening a towel store…

  3. What the hell is going on there? I had to leave the Sault 17 years ago to get a good job. I go back for visits, and things just seem to be getting worse and worse. Where I am living today, is not much bigger than the Sault, and we have at least a dozen splash pads. Where the hell is all the money going to?

    • Were you not aware that our wonderful corporate citizen Essar owes the city about 30 million dollars in back taxes with the bill growing every day, and somehow continue to get away with it, laughing all the way?

  4. the problem is the city council, past , present and future only think about the now and not the future. They were the ones that allowed the businesses to build north and on top of the hill, ultimately reducing the city downtown core to a virtual desert for shoppers. Now with the closure of sears its not getting any better. Only ppl to blame for the downtown problem is the council and their backward thinking

  5. The city needs at least 2 or 3 splash pads, but thanks to the essar group of global thieves that will likely never happen. The second one of course should go in Clergue park.

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