Encourage South Huron Council to Consider New Rec Centre
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South Huron Council is currently facing a decision on recreational facilities in our municipality, including sinking between $1.5 Million and $2 Million dollars on repairs to a dated outdoor swimming pool.
Some Council members may feel that the community would not benefit or prosper from an indoor pool, recreation facility (possible future twin pad arena) and multi-use community space as depicted in the Municipality Staff report found here: A Path Forward which includes conceptual drawings of a new recreational facility as well as cost breakdown of refurbishing the existing pool. Right now our elected officials are faced with deciding between significant investment into aged infrastructure, or to fulfill their responsibility to revitalize the vibrancy of the community, spur economic development, and attract people of all ages to live, work, and play in our community.
Municipal staff should be encouraged to undergo the necessary assessments and planning to bring a much needed, well deserved, and community hub to our community, not spend tax dollars or debt on fixing an outdoor pool to the tune of over a million dollars.
A new recreation facility presents the opportunity for financial recoveries through revenue generation, sponsorship opportunities, and Federal and Provincial grants. It also allows an opportunity for community building, to incorporate a "hub" model that can bring people of all ages under one roof, a model that has proven highly effective in both large urban and rural communities.
I ask you, the citizens of South Huron to sign this petition asking Council to Direct Civic Administration to pursue the development of a new recreation facility which incorporates an indoor pool, walking track, community hub and wellness space, and the potential for a twin pad arena. If we do not speak up as a community, council will revert to their own decision making prowess, which is a risk that could leave our community treading water while our families go elsewhere for recreational activities and other Municipalities collect the revenue.
In addition to signing this petition to make your voice heard, you can also attend a community consultation meeting regarding the outdoor pool on Wednesday September 13th 6:00-8:00pm at the Rec Centre
A public consultation meeting regarding the Rec Centre/Community Hub plan on Tuesday October 4th 6:00-8:00pm at the Rec Centre
For more information see the recent edition of The HUB
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