Have your say on arena lands
Pelham residents can have their say in what should become of the Pelham Arena site, on Haist Street, once the facility is decommissioned. Community co-design workshops will be held on Monday, June 26 and Tuesday, June 27. The arena was opened in 1975. File photo
Pelham residents can have their say in what should become of the Pelham Arena site, on Haist Street, once the facility is decommissioned later this year, a release from the town says.
It said community co-design workshops - led by town staff and urban design, planning, and development firm The Planning Partnership - will be held on Monday, June 26 and Tuesday, June 27
“With construction of the new community centre, and its taking over of the main arena facilities, the Haist Street arena will be decommissioned; the structural integrity of the building will not permit it to be repurposed. As a result, the future uses of the arena site and surrounding land is opened up for public discussion,” the release says.
It says the conversation will be formulated around determining how much of the site should be retained for public use and for what purposes, and would the site – wholly or partially – be suitable for residential development or other uses.
“The community co-design process is key to actively engaging the community in having a say about is important to them,” says Barb Wiens, Pelham’s director of planning and development. “It’s important for the public and stakeholders to have input in the design process.”
Residents can participate in the community co-design in several ways, including but not limited to: one-on- one interviews, active participation in workshops, small group meetings, and design sessions.
The release says some sessions during the two-day community co-design process have limited availability, such as the one-on- one interviews, and residents are encouraged to visit www.pelham.ca/codesign for a full list of workshop times, contacts, and other information.