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A litany of problems at Sarnia’s Centennial Park

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 15:47 -- Chris Cooke
the stage at Centennial Park

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley is unhappy with Centennial Park and wants deficiencies repaired.

In a letter to City Council, Bradley outlines a litany of public complaints since the waterfront park was reopened two years ago.

Bradley lists the primary focus as the Agora Stage which he says has “major issues” including positioning, lack of shelter from the elements and seating. He notes that a major event this month has had to build its own stage in front of the Agora to change the direction so performers could be sheltered from the sun.

The Mayor says he has had numerous complaints about the therapeutic Peace Garden with respect to accessibility noting bluntly “which is ironic given it is meant to be accessible”.

The Peace Garden was part of a $150,000.00 donation from the Rotary Club of Sarnia Bluewaterland that included an adjacent playground.

Bradley says water and electrical lines that “were there” prior to remediation have not been replaced leaving a charity fundraiser to spend “substantial amounts” providing its own facilities.

Weeping tiles that were removed during remediation have not been replaced says Bradley creating water saturation problems at the park.

He also addressed a letter of complaint from Sandra Kinart, chairperson of the Victims of Chemical Valley Memorial noting that a large stone with names inscribed of Chemical Valley victims has not been installed. “During the reconstruction and remediation of Centennial, the Memorial was entrusted to the City to be dismantled and stored,” says Kinart noting that the stone was to be part of reinstallation.

Bradley wants Chief Administrative Officer Chris Carter to review the deficiencies and report back within 60 to 90 days.

Centennial was remediated and reconstructed at a cost of nearly $15 million by the previous City Hall administration headed by Margaret Misek –Evans. The project was plagued with delays and cost overruns.

Misek – Evans who left last December is now the Chief Administrative Officer in Tecumseh.

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