Leamington Launches Waterfront Destination Master Plan Online

Friday July 17th, 2020

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Leamington is looking to develop and implement a Waterfront Destination Master Plan.

The plan will be a visionary document to guide the transformation of the waterfront into a mixed use, pedestrian-focused community and visitor destination.

This plan will build on existing elements, including Sunset Stadium, the Lakeside Marina and ferry connections to Pelee Island and will look to build capacity for tourism, economic development, active transportation, and improving connections to other municipal properties along and near the waterfront.

“Leamington’s waterfront has always had so much untapped potential,” said Peter Neufeld, Chief Administrative Officer. “We are developing a plan to realize upon the great value of our waterfront and transform it into a premier destination for residents and visitors alike.”

Working with consultants from thinc design, the Municipality will inform and engage the community in developing the plan through a variety of opportunities to participate. COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings have prompted a shift to an interactive online platform. Throughout the Plan’s preparation, the online platform will present updated information and community perspectives, and will continue to ask for community input and feedback.

Public participation in a number of online activities will be requested including: identifying recommended improvements / enhancements on a map; sharing and discussing ideas for the waterfront with other members of the community; and providing feedback via short surveys, opinion polls, etc. The study process will confirm community interests in developing Leamington’s waterfront, and how these interests can be woven into a responsive design that proposes exciting future directions. The online platform is available atwww.leamingtonwfmp.ca.

“Leamington Council is very supportive of creating this vision and sees community input as an important part of the process in shaping the future of our waterfront,” said Mayor Hilda MacDonald. “When complete, the goal is for Leamington’s waterfront to be a vibrant destination that drives tourism, fosters economic success and attracts and retains a new generation to Leamington.”

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