Make a splash: weigh in on aquatics facilities strategy

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St. Catharines is a city where everybody can play, and that extends to our pools and splash pads.

We’re looking to the future, developing an Aquatics Facilities Strategy, to ensure that for years to come residents can enjoy current and future aquatics facilities. The strategy will provide a snapshot of where aquatics facilities and programming stand; what works and what doesn’t; and provide a roadmap for future improvements and investments into facilities and programming.

The City is looking to the community as we prepare to create this blueprint for the future of aquatics in St. Catharines. As the City moves forward working with the Outdoor Aquatics Facilities Task Force and Recreation Master Plan Committee, we are engaging staff, stakeholders, users and the public to help us plan for a future where everyone can swim, splash and play in whatever way best suits them.

Community consultations will play an important role, and, with that in mind, we are launching an online community survey. Take some time to fill out the survey below, and stay tuned for details of a public open house this summer to present findings and gather further feedback on a draft strategy. For more information, or to submit written comments, email aquatics@stcatharines.ca.

Once completed, City Council will be presented with the draft aquatics facilities strategy for approval and will consider the recommendations before moving ahead with any of the proposed options. The development of the aquatics facilities strategy supports several actions in Council’s strategic plan, including the development of a 10-Year Capital Infrastructure Plan that includes all major investments to address City needs, priorities and growth; establishing area-specific plans for the redevelopment of key sites in the City to promote strong, compatible, connected neighbourhoods that enhance the quality of life; refining and implementing the 2015-2026 Recreation Facilities and Programming Master Plan by incorporating key deliverables into the Capital Infrastructure Plan and annual budget process.

St. Catharines is a city where everybody can play, and that extends to our pools and splash pads.

We’re looking to the future, developing an Aquatics Facilities Strategy, to ensure that for years to come residents can enjoy current and future aquatics facilities. The strategy will provide a snapshot of where aquatics facilities and programming stand; what works and what doesn’t; and provide a roadmap for future improvements and investments into facilities and programming.

The City is looking to the community as we prepare to create this blueprint for the future of aquatics in St. Catharines. As the City moves forward working with the Outdoor Aquatics Facilities Task Force and Recreation Master Plan Committee, we are engaging staff, stakeholders, users and the public to help us plan for a future where everyone can swim, splash and play in whatever way best suits them.

Community consultations will play an important role, and, with that in mind, we are launching an online community survey. Take some time to fill out the survey below, and stay tuned for details of a public open house this summer to present findings and gather further feedback on a draft strategy. For more information, or to submit written comments, email aquatics@stcatharines.ca.

Once completed, City Council will be presented with the draft aquatics facilities strategy for approval and will consider the recommendations before moving ahead with any of the proposed options. The development of the aquatics facilities strategy supports several actions in Council’s strategic plan, including the development of a 10-Year Capital Infrastructure Plan that includes all major investments to address City needs, priorities and growth; establishing area-specific plans for the redevelopment of key sites in the City to promote strong, compatible, connected neighbourhoods that enhance the quality of life; refining and implementing the 2015-2026 Recreation Facilities and Programming Master Plan by incorporating key deliverables into the Capital Infrastructure Plan and annual budget process.

  • The City of St Catharines is asking residents to help plan the future of our pools and splash pads as demographics, aquatic interests, and the condition of our infrastructure changes. Feedback received through this short survey will help the City to better understand local needs and priorities, and will be considered as we develop of a vision for our aquatic facilities.

    Survey respondents will have the option to be entered into a draw for one of two $50 gift cards for St. Catharines recreational actvities and programs.

    Survey Information and Instructions:

    The City of St. Catharines is asking residents to help plan the future of our pools and splash pads as demographics, aquatic interests, and the condition of our infrastructure changes. Feedback received through this short survey will help the City to better understand local needs and priorities, and will be considered as we develop of a vision for our aquatic facilities.

    Survey respondents will have the option to be entered into a draw for one of two $50 gift cards for St. Catharines recreational actvities and programs.

    Survey Information and Instructions:

    • The survey is available to complete between March 17 and April 20, 2020. 
    • Responses will be kept strictly confidential and will be reproduced in summary form only.
    • Questions regarding the Aquatics Facilities Strategy or this survey can be directed to Eric Lamothe, Manager of Business Planning & Strategic Services at aquatics@stcatharines.ca or 905.688.5601 ext. 3157.

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