City launches its Downtown Plaza Fundraising campaign

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Civic Plaza

The City of Sault Ste. Marie is launching a fundraising campaign that offers an opportunity for businesses and citizens to be a part of the downtown plaza – an important community project that needs your support to make this project a reality. The Downtown Plaza will be an extraordinary, four-season showpiece with a public gathering space to celebrate, socialize and have fun.

“The planned features and programming of the plaza will have a host of positive benefits for residents and visitors to Sault Ste. Marie. The health of a community’s downtown is vital to economic development. It is one of the most important factors that businesses, labour force, students and youth use to assess the health of a community,” said Tom Vair, Deputy CAO, Community Development and Enterprise Services. “The plaza project is a critical component of the downtown revitalization strategy and an opportunity to enhance the downtown for generations to come.”

The downtown plaza will include:

  • Water fountain
  • Skating rink
  • Play structure
  • Stage and digital screen
  • Food, drink and retail opportunities with mobile retail units
  • Gathering areas for residents and tourists

Ideas for programming and events in the plaza in collaboration with community partners include:

  • Art shows
  • Car shows
  • Festivals
  • Cultural and social gatherings
  • Outdoor concerts, dance and theatre performances
  • Events on the digital screen including movies and sporting events
  • Christmas events/lighting
  • Casual games like outdoor chess, shuffleboard, Crokicurl and Jam Can curling
  • Yoga, Zumba in the plaza
  • Food trucks
  • Interactive public art features and temporary displays
  • Lighting displays
  • And more!

Join the community in supporting this important initiative. Tax receipts are available for individual donations over $25 and a community donation sign is included as a prominent fixture within the plaza. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available for the event stage, display screen, play features, equipment services and benches. All features and components included in the plaza address a specific need, audience or seasonal programming element.

Be a part of this exciting community-building project and donate today. For more information visit www.saultstemarie.ca/downtownplazasupport.

10 COMMENTS

  1. ram guy . there is no parking. Shoppers and tourists will use that new trolley system that the city is planning on building to get to and back from the New Shopping Plaza.

  2. These people work in a ivory tower and dream of grandiose plans for Sault Ste Marie. In reality the city is turning into a trailer park , drugs and crime everywhere. Business are either falling or going else where . Recreational fishing is a multi-million dollars business. It has all but collapsed in the Sault , there are native fishing nets everywhere and no fish are left in the rivers. Marina’s and tackle stores in the Sault will feel the loss of income as well as tourism. We should first clean up the Sault before dreaming of projects that the city taxpayers can’t afford.

  3. Under the control of this mayor, the past two city councils have only been able to do what they’re told. They are sheep. The mayor wants “this” park (which will quickly be littered with needles) so there will be “this” park. They want to revitalize downtown. Where are the stores? The few we have down there have been in business for a long run and know what it takes to keep customers. People aren’t gonna flock to the downtown for this little park. There has to be more. There needs to be decent shopping with good customer service, police presence making people feel safe, patios, more street events, etc. “This” park is not going to be the saviour of downtown.

  4. to all Saultites: Don’t support this boondoggle taxpayers effigy for our P.O.S. mayor. Much more critical requirements in our city such as Sackville rd extension to alleviate traffic problems at GT. Northern rd. and second line as well as other streets. Also our city police could probably use more funds to combat the ridiculous increase of crimes in our city. If this plaza is such a good idea, why isn’t the private sector climbing on board to invest in this? BECAUSE THEY KNOW IT IS A MONEY LOSING VENTURE”!

  5. Art shows
    Car shows
    Festivals
    Cultural and social gatherings
    Outdoor concerts, dance and theatre performances
    Events on the digital screen including movies and sporting events
    Christmas events/lighting
    Casual games like outdoor chess, shuffleboard, Crokicurl and Jam Can curling
    Yoga, Zumba in the plaza
    Food trucks
    Interactive public art features and temporary displays
    Lighting displays

    This could all be nicely configured at the barely used Bondar development. The mayor has gone rogue and doesn’t care about the drug epidemic or the people that need immediate help, or anything else for that matter, as long as he gets his totally unnecessary downtown plaza.

  6. Give it up on the unnecessary plaza nonsense when there are many more important issues that supersede it. The self serving mayor has completely lost it, and obviously is not listening to the input of the citizens that pay his wages.

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