|Comments||I think the arena is going to be a big hit for windsor! The Wayne Gretzky restaurant is going to help attract a lot of tourism back to Windsor!!!!!|
|Comments||This is the best thing that could happen to Windsor.Keep working on it ,the mayor will finally give in he is just being over cautious.|
|Name||Michael De Santis|
|Comments||I think that the proposal is a great idea, not only for the city of windsor, but for the horse racing industry and the many people it employees.|
|Comments||I have been in Windsor for 5 years and have heard many people talk about the city letting good projects slip thru their fingers, including the dream of replacing the old barn downtown. All the city has to do, is look down the 401 to London and see what success their new arena has brought to the city. It is a no brainer as far as I can see. Windsor and area deserves a project like this. With 2 fine organizations willing to come foreward, why are we waiting??????|
|Comments||I endorse this proposal. This diversifies development accross the city and improves surrounding Ward 1 neighbourhoods.
Gregory. R. Baggio, MBA, B. Comm. (Hon),
|Comments||A new sports venue has been long over due in the city of Windsor. Let's hope this becomes a reality.|
|Name||Terry and Brenda Machina|
|Comments||We are long time season ticket holders with the Windsor Spitfires. We also have the occational dinner and betting nights out. This project is long overdue, especially now that local, reputable investors are involved. I wish the city would consider their track records, especially the way that Mr. Toldo has supported charities in this area. Now is the time to DO something constructive for Windsor and Essex County. Just look what our neighbours have done - London, Plymouth and Saginaw. GO SPITS. Thank-you.
Terry and Brenda
|Comments||A word to the wise. GO IT ALONE. If you involve the windsor city council, It won't get done. Good luck!
|Comments||This city council and the councils before it, have had ample opportunity to get this arena proposal off the ground.Its time to let the business community step in and get the job done once and for all.Enough of your tax dollars have been wasted already.|
|Comments||As a family with young children and an international level competitive sports family history we look forward to a new and fresh development in the Windsor-Essex region for our children to participate, grow and learn to compete. Many in our community point to the Sherk Centre in Leamington as a benchmark, however in our opinion, this falls short of the size and scope required in the region to get us on par with other Municipalities. Simply duplicating that facility closer to Windsor is a mistake and will not have satisfied the need in our collective community context. In order to move forward, we should always look not only back, but outward. In 1970, the then Town of Nepean Ontario, some 19 KM from the city centre of Ottawa built a complex housing an olympic pool, 10 m diving towers, 3m boards, 1 m boards, a 5000 seat arena (olympic size) and a North American size arena, 6 curling rinks, full size gymnasium, concession as needed to support the facility, first class restau rant (not branded), and framed it all within a 9 km outdoor naturalist cross county training and hiking trail. The population of Nepean at that time - 12,000, the population of Ottawa - 285,000. There is precedence for this type of facility elsewhere, but, if we as a community want to benchmark anything or any other community, lets compare with reasonably similar data in municipalities with similar proposed context. Today the facility in Nepean still thrives, in fact they duplicated it 10 years later 15 km away as Nepean grew. At the ripe age 35 years old, the Nepean Sportsplex and the Nepean South Sportsplex are still used as hosting secondary training facilities to World Class Figure Skating, and OHL/NHL Hockey events at the Corel Centre. We deserve nothing less here, but without an NHL team, adjusted accordingly.
I think this projects sets the stage, but maybe needs to go a bit further even as it gets its legs. Nonetheless, is a great start....and on a greenfield site! Let's get on with it! I would encourage the master planners though to go back to the drawing board, look at complimentary uses to develop this as the prime sports (not just hockey and skating) facility south of London.
On the political side of the equation, if the developers need the 15 million from the city for viability, the us versus them rhetoric that appears to be amplified in the media no doubt needs to be set aside. Secondly, taxpayers need to realize that if they want their municipality to provide the service or facility, they need to dig a bit deeper to make progress. The money has been set aside from city taxpayers, that part is done, but one also has to admire Mayor Francis for wanting time for due dillignece, as would be expected of any party contributing substantial funds. That said, it needs to be kept out of the public forum, kept in-camera so that decisions can be made and move on. Downtown Windsor will not work for many reasons, the Zalev lands would be my personal next choice as it solves many issues and is the meeting point for light rail and our core road system, but pushing a rock up the proverbial hill on that idea would be just that. So, the next best site may just be the one proposed. Good luck and I think with good planning, some useful supplementary features, this facility will be the world-class facility we have all been waiting for.
|Comments||WOW! I am very excited about this idea. And to be honest, it's about time. The idea of not having to drive to Toronto or to Detroit for a concert is very exciting too. This is a great idea. We need to do this. Also, the Gretsky restaurant..........great idea. What an honour.|
|Comments||Why so many supporters? Sure there's plenty of pro's and it looks good. I myself would never support building on the outskirts of the city. If there's anywhere other than downtown that it should be located, it would be on the east side or even south.
If this built in it's planned location I would never go out there. There are people who don't drive. These people would have to take a bus, bike, cab or walk. If you live on east side of town like Banwell or Forest Glade, it would be at least 1 to 1½ hours or longer on multiple buses to get out there. I would never sit on a bus that long just to go see a hockey game or any other venue.
I can't speak for others but have definitely heard the same concerns and views as mine. It's supposed to be a community venue and isn't if people have to pretty much leave the city on a long bus trip just to get there.
You have to think about the people who don't drive or have any other reliable form of transportation.
|Answer / Rebuttal:||Parking space is very limited in the downtown core. More people would go to the arena if there were adequate parking facilities. There is bus service now to the Raceway and this will prove very advantageous to those who do not wish to take.|
|Comments||That is good idear.We needed large place for tourist and even get more jobs for people living in this City.|
|Comments||I think it is the best place to build this. If the City does not go for it you should build it yourself. I am sure the People of Windsor/Essex would support the place.|
|Comments||Much needed! The city of Windsor would be "silly" to NOT have such a facility such as this! In a whole, there are only "PROS" that will only benefit the region, the city, and the community.
Corny...but...Build it and they will come!
I'm looking forward to finally seeing the Spits in much needed pro sporting venue as this.