Our waterfront is about to get even better

With the relocation of Lakeshore Drive in the next 2 years, Centennial Park will be growing by no less than 10 acres – our waterfront jewel is about to get larger.

Council got a first look last night at the design for the park with the new areas included.  Some of the major features are a new splash pad, additional small buildings for concessions such as canoe/kayak rentals and bike rentals, more parking, more open area, and the highlight for me – a waterfront boardwalk along most of the water’s edge (except the beach, where it will be between the sand and the grass).  Here’s the design: 

Centennial – June 2011 Concept

The next 4 years

Haven’t blogged in a while, a few trips and a packed schedule have intervened.  Meant for some time to post a link to our strategic priorities – Council’s agenda for the next four years.  City Council’s don’t have a Speech from the Throne or other opportunity to put forward the government’s agenda, so in Barrie we start each Council term with a strategic planning session which results in a set of goals for the next four years. 

For this term, we focussed in on five goals, but took it further and established a series of actions for each year in the term to accomplish them.  You can find the strategic priorities here:  http://bit.ly/stratplan1.  Let me know what you think.

A new day for Central

Congratulations to all those students, alumni, and supporters in the community on a tremendous effort over the past two years to fight for Barrie Central.   The decision by the School Board to keep the school open for five years to look for partnerships for a long-term future is great news for everyone in Barrie, as it means the other four highschools will not have be overcrowded handling Central students.   This institution is a critical part of our history and our downtown.  Also good news from the Trustees decision is that they will begin planning for a south-end highschool – Barrie’s 6th public highschool – which will be increasingly in demand as the city grows in coming years.

Here’s a link to coverage in the Examiner:  http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3150340

And here:  http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3150341

And the Advance’s take on it, here:  http://www.simcoe.com/article/1018113–central-lives-for-now