Input Sought on Future of Dease Pool Site

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(THUNDER BAY, ON) – The City is inviting residents to share feedback on a draft recreational opportunities concept plan for the Dease Pool and Park area. Residents can have their say through an online survey or during two open house drop-in sessions.

“We have developed a draft plan based on feedback from the community, neighbourhood demographics, park infrastructure gaps in the area, and programming delivered to date,” said Kelly Robertson, General Manager – Community Services. “The proposed design is a good mix of active and passive activities and allows for the introduction of new recreational opportunities to the neighbourhood.”

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The draft plan, available at www.thunderbay.ca/GetInvolved, incorporates both the Dease pool site and Dease park area. Looking at the two areas together provides more opportunity than the pool site alone which has limited size and is in close proximity to neighbours and roads.

In December 2018, City Council made the decision to close the 106 year old Dease pool facility which had reached the end of its lifecycle. The majority of the pool’s operating budget was redirected to support enhanced recreation programming in the area. Beginning in April, new neighbourhood programming was delivered which included free family skates at the Fort William Gardens, Playground Programs for children, Youth Move activities, Kids Nights in the McKellar Park school gym, and special events such as a movie night and fall festival.

The City is now looking for community feedback on potential future uses of the Dease Pool site and complimentary future recreation opportunities within Dease Park. Residents are encouraged to visit www.thunderbay.ca/GetInvolvedto complete an online survey available until Nov. 7, or stop by one of the two in-person sessions:

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  • Thursday, Oct. 31, 11 am – 1 pm, Victoriaville Mall Village Green, 125 Syndicate Ave. S.
  • Saturday, Nov. 2, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Fort William Garden Lobby, 901 Miles St. E. (during the 6-7pm family free skate)

In addition to public input, feedback will also be gathered from students at McKellar Park school and from the City’s Heritage Advisory Committee.

A report on the potential future uses of the Dease Pool and Park sites which incorporates the public and stakeholder feedback will be presented to City Council later this year for further direction.

Residents can learn more at www.thunderbay.ca/GetInvolved

Source: City of Thunder Bay

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