Sarnia ponders new indoor recreational facility

Journal Staff

Building a new indoor recreational facility in Sarnia should be a high priority for council.

So say 94% of the more than 800 residents who responded to a recent feasibility study survey.

High priorities identified include an indoor field for soccer, football and baseball, an indoor walking track, and meeting rooms and activity spaces.

Survey respondents said they want more year-round activities for children, and noted centres Sarnia’s size or smaller already have such a facility, Steve Langlois, a principal planner with Monteith Brown Planning Consultants, said in an update to council last week.

But when asked if they’re willing to pay higher property taxes for it, those surveyed were evenly split, he said.

Seven potential sites have been identified, including Clearwater Arena, Germain Park, and Mike Weir Park.

A business plan and public info session are next, with a report to council expected by December, Langlois said.