St. Marys Journal Argus
The Town of St. Marys has launched a new online survey seeking further input into the future of Cadzow Park.
In April, 2013, the Recreation department conducted public consultation regarding the park. In 2014, the public showed their support for the property’s development as a recreational property through their participation in the “Kick Start Cadzow Park” campaign, which advanced through the earlier stages but was ultimately unsuccessful in achieving a grant through the Aviva corporation’s Community Fund online initiative.
Then, earlier this year during discussions about the 2015 budget, Town Council directed Recreation staff come up with a proposal so councillors would have a better idea of how much money they’ll need to set aside in future years. The new survey, available online at www.townofstmarys.com, seeks “to collect additional public feedback about Cadzow Park and its future potential.”
“It’s been while since the first consultation was held,” Recreation Manager Stephanie Ische told the Journal Argus earlier this week, adding that at the time, the nearby skate park hadn’t even been built and Cadzow had been suggested as a possible skate park venue.
For those who don’t want to fill out the survey online, hard copies are available at Town Hall, the Pyramid Centre and the Municipal Operations Centre. “If people don’t want to tell us their name, that’s fine,” Ische noted. And if they don’t want to do the survey but still want to have a say, she welcomes them to contact her at 519-284-2440, ext. 624, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Surveys have also been handed out door-to-door in the Cadzow neighbourhood.
Already, however, Ische says she’s “excited” by the response to the online survey, which will be available until Tuesday, June 23. On the first day it was posted last week, she explained, over 200 people responded.
The survey lists some options for features to be included in the park, and asks for a ranking of what participants feel are most important. If somebody doesn’t like any of the options, they’re given the opportunity to suggest other alternatives.
It also asks some demographic questions, such as how many children the participant has.
“But anybody can fill it out, whether they have children or not,” Ische stressed. “We’ll take everybody’s suggestions, however they want to provide them.”