Public Consultation Launching for Proposed Relocation and Upgrades at Sandpoint Beach

The City of Windsor is carrying out a study of Sandpoint Beach Park to establish a master plan for the park, including modifications to the existing shoreline, improved public safety, and upgrades for amenities.

The study is underway, and preliminary site design layouts have been developed for review and public feedback. For the next step in the process, the City of Windsor wants to hear from you. Public Information Centres (PICs) will be held as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022
  • Times: 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Riverside Sportsmen Club, 10835 Riverside Drive East, Windsor, Ontario

These two public meetings will be drop-in style open houses featuring graphics and info boards. City staff will be available to take comments on the design as well as answer questions about the project. Info boards will also be posted to a PIC website after the meetings to provide the opportunity for residents to review them and submit comments for an additional two weeks. At the meetings and online, residents can look forward to learning more about the proposed beach relocation, fishing point, and splash pad, as well as upgrades to the kayak launch, playground, and more.

The study area includes Sandpoint Beach, Ganatchio Park, and Stop 26 Park, which together are commonly referred to as Sandpoint Beach Park.

In the wake of a tragic drowning in May 2021, City Council adopted a motion to immediately use nearly $230,000 that had been earmarked for an assessment of the area scheduled to take place in 2024. This resulted in the important project moving forward two years early. The Sandpoint Beach Park project is included in the City’s capital plan, which sets out $1.6 billion in spending over the next decade and commits $170 million in 2022 alone. Included among that $170 million is over $17.5 million for Parks and Recreation facilities – the highest ever investment in this area.

Quotes:

“Residents will be impressed by what’s on the table for our City-operated beach park. Sandpoint is a unique offering for families and water-sport enthusiasts alike. The proposed design reflects that excitement, with safety and accessibility as top concerns. We are proud to be consulting with First Nations and respecting these lands throughout the process as we continue delivering results for our Parks and Recreation facilities and amenities while enhancing quality of life for Windsor residents.”
– Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens

“In May of 2021, the tragic drowning of a young resident urgently called to Council’s attention the need to accelerate the review of the swimming and fishing access provided at this location. This is a fantastic family attraction, and we need to make sure that all members of our community can safely enjoy it. I am grateful to Council and administration for taking action and moving this assessment to top priority.”
– Ward 7 Councillor Jeewen Gill

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