Public Engagement

June - July 2018: Public Engagement Feedback on Festival Square Design

Between June 19 and July 11, 2018 the City of Greater Sudbury hosted several engagement opportunities to get feedback from the public on the design for Festival Square. Four public engagement sessions were held at the Garson Arena, Pius the XII Catholic School, York Street Market and New Sudbury Shopping Centre.  Over 350 residents provided feedback to staff during the four engagement sessions.

Residents also had the opportunity to submit their ideas online. There were 2,100 visitors to the Kingsway Entertainment District page on the Over to You website.  Of these visitors, there were:

  • 95 engaged participants that contributed ideas online (including some paper submissions), and
  • 903 online contributions where people voted on ideas that were posted by visitors. 

The top themes and ideas for Festival Square identified by respondents include:

  • Multi-seasonal events throughout the year (particularly in the winter)
  • Family friendly activities for all ages
  • Green space
  • Active transportation including walking/bicycle paths and access to transit
  • Festival space and outdoor markets
  • Cafes, restaurants and bars
  • Seating
  • Music, lights and video screens
  • Public art
  • Site accessibility, with accessible parking in close proximity to venues
  • Free parking and VIP parking

November 2017: Open House Feedback

Between November 3 and 10, 2017, the City of Greater Sudbury hosted open houses at 18 locations throughout the community, including all 14 municipal arenas. Residents also had opportunity to submit comment online.

More than 500 responses were submitted online and approximately 500 residents provided feedback to municipal staff during open houses. As the request for comment was not directed to a single topic, a variety of discussion points emerged during this public consultation. Key points and/or questions identified by a majority of respondents were focused in the following areas:

  • Location
  • Cost
  • Timing/Completion of the Project
  • Parking
  • Casino development
  • Public Transit
  • Traffic flow
  • Active transportation options
  • Motorsports Park

September - October 2017: Draft Integrated Site Plan Public Consultation

Hundreds of residents provided comment on the draft integrated site plan for the Kingsway Entertainment District between September 20 and October 4, 2017. Key themes identified by the majority of 227 respondents were:

  • Space for large events/sports
  • Green space
  • Environmentally conscious development
  • Room for future development
  • Full-day destination
  • Active transportation options
  • Ample parking and no parking congestion
  • Restaurants
  • Motorsports Park