Shape the Sault invites the community to share ideas for improving James Street and Anna Marinelli Park


The City of Sault Ste. Marie has launched Shape the Sault to create a new Official Plan for the city. The Official Plan will be used to guide local decision making on land use, development and public infrastructure.

As part of Shape the Sault, a series of public input sessions are scheduled to discuss Anna Marinelli Park and the surrounding James Street / Jamestown neighbourhood. All sessions will take place at the Soup Kitchen Community Centre at 172 James Street. Free food and child minding services will be available for the evening sessions.

  • Neighbourhood Mixers: Casual come-and-go sessions for participants to share wide-ranging input and ideas for the neighbourhood.
    • Tuesday, October 15 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Wednesday, October 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Design Workshops: Participants will be able to share ideas with professional landscape architects who will help turn ideas into drawings and plans. These sessions will focus on more on Anna Marinelli Park and James Street.
    • Tuesday, October 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Wednesday, October 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Feedback gathered from these sessions will be used to plan for improvements in this area of the city, and to develop long-term Official Plan policies.

“Some recurring themes we’ve heard include the lack of good connectivity between Jamestown and Downtown, and a desire for improved recreational and programming space in the area,” says Stephen Turco, Sault Ste. Marie Senior Planner. “We’d also like to start a conversation about what makes a neighbourhood ‘complete’. As our City has grown, the majority of our neighbourhoods have developed with a focus on single-family homes. James Street used to be a neighbourhood with a full range of housing options, services and amenities – which made this area robust and self-sufficient. We hope to test the idea of reshaping neighbourhoods in order for them to become more ‘complete’”.

All are welcome to attend these public input sessions and to share questions and feedback with City staff. For more information and to stay informed, please visit


  1. You cannot reinvent or bring back something that was intentionally destroyed for so called urban renewal. What are they going to do, reconstruct a time warp. It’s a dead end of the city and it will never be anything but that.

    Who wants to live in a drug infested low rental area? What business in their right mind would even consider setting up anything is this area. What could have been a thriving area was demolished.

    I just saw they demolished the old stone wall on bay. This city has less than zero vision. No wonder tourism is next to invisible. They could not even hang on to the tour boat or the historic

    Council can’t even entice companies to be anchor stores at the Station Mall.

    Let’s face the Sault is a dying city and there will be nothing to save it. Oh wait,the ferrochrome plant will be a real bonus.

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