City of St. Catharines Arena Strategy

Update: The Arena Strategy Development was approved by St. Catharines City Council on June 24. You can find a staff report presented to Council, as well as the final arena strategy document online at https://bit.ly/2KuD77C.

The City of St. Catharines is undertaking an arena strategy to determine long-term arena needs. The strategy will identify arena development options taking into account investments required at existing arenas and other arena provision strategies.

The City owns the following arenas:

Draft strategy now available - have your say!

The City has posted the draft arena strategy online HERE. Community input is critical to the process, so please ensure your voice is heard and provide additional feedback on the proposal.

There are a variety of ways we are engaging residents so they can have your say:

  • Open house: A drop-in style open house is scheduled for May 1, to present the preliminary findings and to obtain feedback from the public on the draft arena strategy before it is finalized and presented to City Council. The open house takes place from 6-8 p.m. at Port Weller Comunity Centre, 1 Bogart St.
  • Online Feedback: Please take your time to review the draft arena strategy online HERE, and share your feedback with us on our feedback form below. Residents will be able to share their feedback on the draft strategy until Friday, May 17, at 4 p.m.

Update: The Arena Strategy Development was approved by St. Catharines City Council on June 24. You can find a staff report presented to Council, as well as the final arena strategy document online at https://bit.ly/2KuD77C.

The City of St. Catharines is undertaking an arena strategy to determine long-term arena needs. The strategy will identify arena development options taking into account investments required at existing arenas and other arena provision strategies.

The City owns the following arenas:

Draft strategy now available - have your say!

The City has posted the draft arena strategy online HERE. Community input is critical to the process, so please ensure your voice is heard and provide additional feedback on the proposal.

There are a variety of ways we are engaging residents so they can have your say:

  • Open house: A drop-in style open house is scheduled for May 1, to present the preliminary findings and to obtain feedback from the public on the draft arena strategy before it is finalized and presented to City Council. The open house takes place from 6-8 p.m. at Port Weller Comunity Centre, 1 Bogart St.
  • Online Feedback: Please take your time to review the draft arena strategy online HERE, and share your feedback with us on our feedback form below. Residents will be able to share their feedback on the draft strategy until Friday, May 17, at 4 p.m.
  • Feedback deadline extended

    5 months ago
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    The City has extended the deadline for feedback on its draft arena strategy until Friday, May 17, at 4 p.m.

    The extension will provide additional time for the community to offer feedback following Council's deliberations on the Canada Summer Games projects at Council's May 13 meeting.

    Residents can share their feedback on the draft strategy online through the EngageSTC platform feedback form. Have your say! The community's feedback will be critical in shaping the draft arena strategy before it is presented to St. Catharines City Council.

    The City has extended the deadline for feedback on its draft arena strategy until Friday, May 17, at 4 p.m.

    The extension will provide additional time for the community to offer feedback following Council's deliberations on the Canada Summer Games projects at Council's May 13 meeting.

    Residents can share their feedback on the draft strategy online through the EngageSTC platform feedback form. Have your say! The community's feedback will be critical in shaping the draft arena strategy before it is presented to St. Catharines City Council.

  • Draft arena strategy online for viewing

    6 months ago
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    The City of St. Catharines has now posted the draft arena strategy online.

    The City welcomes public feedback on the draft arena strategy, with an open house planned on Wednesday, May 1, from 6-8 p.m., at the Port Weller Community Centre, 1 Bogart St.

    City officials and Monteith Brown Planning Consultants will be on hand at the drop-in style open house to discuss the draft strategy, which was put together with community feedback, combined with a study of the arenas and their usage, as well as comparable municipalities and industry standards.

    Residents will also be able to share...

    The City of St. Catharines has now posted the draft arena strategy online.

    The City welcomes public feedback on the draft arena strategy, with an open house planned on Wednesday, May 1, from 6-8 p.m., at the Port Weller Community Centre, 1 Bogart St.

    City officials and Monteith Brown Planning Consultants will be on hand at the drop-in style open house to discuss the draft strategy, which was put together with community feedback, combined with a study of the arenas and their usage, as well as comparable municipalities and industry standards.

    Residents will also be able to share their feedback on the draft strategy online through the EngageSTC platform feedback form up until Monday, May 13, at 4 p.m.

    Have your say! The community's feedback will be critical in shaping the draft arena strategy before it is presented to St. Catharines City Council.
  • Open house planned for City’s draft arena strategy

    6 months ago
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    Public engagement will continue as the City of St. Catharines moves forward on developing an arena strategy that will address long-term arena needs.

    After an initial round of public engagement that saw hundreds of arena users provide feedback, the City will be holding a public open house to discuss the draft strategy on Wednesday, May 1, from 6-8 p.m., at the Port Weller Community Centre, 1 Bogart St.

    City officials and Monteith Brown Planning Consultants will be on hand at the drop-in style open house to discuss the draft strategy, which was put together with community feedback, combined...

    Public engagement will continue as the City of St. Catharines moves forward on developing an arena strategy that will address long-term arena needs.

    After an initial round of public engagement that saw hundreds of arena users provide feedback, the City will be holding a public open house to discuss the draft strategy on Wednesday, May 1, from 6-8 p.m., at the Port Weller Community Centre, 1 Bogart St.

    City officials and Monteith Brown Planning Consultants will be on hand at the drop-in style open house to discuss the draft strategy, which was put together with community feedback, combined with a study of the arenas and their usage, as well as comparable municipalities and industry standards.

    The draft strategy will be released in advance of the meeting on the City’s online engagement site, at www.EngageSTC.ca/arenastrategy. Once posted, residents will also be able to share their feedback on the draft strategy online through the EngageSTC platform up until Wednesday, May 8, at 4 p.m.

    “We’re thrilled with the response with the community consultation, which included a survey, along with feedback from the user groups of the facilities and the City’s Recreation Master Plan Committee,” said Eric Lamothe, acting manager of business planning and strategic services. “The consultants have taken that input and will be able to speak to the public about the draft recommendations for short and long-term needs for our ice and dryland facilities and answer any questions.”

    Lamothe said they hope the strong level of community engagement will continue at the open house. He said the feedback based on the preliminary findings from the consultation will be critical in shaping the draft arena strategy before it is presented to St. Catharines City Council.

    “Community engagement is an important part of this process. We want residents to know their voice will be heard,” said Lamothe.

    Once completed, City Council will be presented with the draft arena strategy for review and will consider the recommendations before moving ahead with any of the proposed options.

    The development of the arena strategy supports several actions in Council’s strategic plan, including optimizing capital infrastructure, ensuring effective asset management and sustainable investment; and prioritizing and implementing recommendations from the Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan with a focus on balancing recreation services for all ages, demographics and abilities.


  • Online survey extended to March 11

    7 months ago
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    Thank you to those who have filled out our online survey for the arena strategy project.

    We have had a great response, and in order to welcome additional feedback, we have decided to extend the online survey to the end of the day on Monday, March 11.

    If you have not submitted your input, please complete the survey. Also, please feel free to share the survey on social media channels and with those you feel may be interested in this project.

    Thank you to those who have participated! Stay tuned for updates.

    Thank you to those who have filled out our online survey for the arena strategy project.

    We have had a great response, and in order to welcome additional feedback, we have decided to extend the online survey to the end of the day on Monday, March 11.

    If you have not submitted your input, please complete the survey. Also, please feel free to share the survey on social media channels and with those you feel may be interested in this project.

    Thank you to those who have participated! Stay tuned for updates.

  • City begins public engagement for arena strategy

    8 months ago
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    The City of St. Catharines is calling for public input as it moves forward on developing an arena strategy that will address long-term arena needs.

    The City has initiated public engagement, including an online survey at www.engagestc.ca/arenastrategy, the City’s new online engagement tool, in order to seek the community’s feedback on the arena strategy. The strategy will provide a blueprint for how to best invest public resources to meet the current and future needs of the community. Currently the City owns the Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre, Garden City Arena Complex, Bill Burgoyne Arena, Merritton Centennial Arena...

    The City of St. Catharines is calling for public input as it moves forward on developing an arena strategy that will address long-term arena needs.

    The City has initiated public engagement, including an online survey at www.engagestc.ca/arenastrategy, the City’s new online engagement tool, in order to seek the community’s feedback on the arena strategy. The strategy will provide a blueprint for how to best invest public resources to meet the current and future needs of the community. Currently the City owns the Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre, Garden City Arena Complex, Bill Burgoyne Arena, Merritton Centennial Arena and Meridian Centre.

    “Consultation with the community and user groups will be a critical part of developing the arena strategy,” said Eric Lamothe, acting manager of business planning and strategic services. “Combined with the study of the arenas and their usage, along with comparable municipalities and industry standards, this information will allow us to develop a plan to guide future decisions when it comes to renewal and development of arenas in the City.”

    Community consultation will be a significant part of the process. The online survey can be filled out until Friday, March 8 and paper copies are also available at City arenas, St. Catharines City Hall and the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre. In addition to the community at large, user groups and the Recreation Master Plan Committee will be engaged as the strategy is developed.

    An open house will also be planned in the spring of 2019 to present preliminary findings and to obtain feedback from the public on a draft strategy. Throughout the process, residents can also submit any written comments to arenas@stcatharines.ca.

    Once completed, City Council will be presented with the draft arena strategy for approval and will consider the recommendations before moving ahead with any of the proposed options. The development of the arena strategy supports several actions in Council’s strategic plan, including optimizing capital infrastructure, ensuring effective asset management and sustainable investment; and prioritizing and implementing recommendations from the Parks and Recreation Master Plan with a focus on balancing recreation services for all ages, demographics and abilities.

    Online survey launched on EngageSTC

    The online survey has been launched on EngageSTC, a new way for the community to learn about City projects and initiatives and share feedback with the City. The online engagement platform was launched in December and will continue to be updated and evolve with a variety of projects as engagement opportunities arise.

    EngageSTC is a little different than what residents have used for online feedback in the past, such as having to log in to take the survey. You can use EngageSTC anonymously. Your participation, including comments, will appear under your chosen username. All you need to do is visit www.EngageSTC.ca, click “Register” and follow the instructions.

    Survey and poll results, feedback, ideas, concerns and other input and data submitted through EngageSTC will be analyzed by City employees and used to inform recommendations and/or decision making for projects such as the arena strategy.