Mayor calls for review of Centennial Park ‘deficiencies’

Suncor Agora Sarnia Centennial Park. Photo courtesy of City of Sarnia.

Sarnia’s mayor is asking council to have the city’s new chief administrative officer review “deficiencies in Centennial Park.”

Mike Bradley said since the remediated park officially reopened in June 2017, a number of individuals and organizations have contacted him with concerns. He said many are dissatisfied with the Agora stage, finding fault with its positioning, lack of shelter and seating.

Bradley said there have been issues with entertainment on the stage and organizers of a major event this June are planning to put up their own stage in front of the building.

“There’s not suitable support for musical equipment and it faces into the sun, which has been very hard for any musician performing there,” said Bradley. “Centennial Park has always been a focus of entertainment in the community on the waterfront, so how do we get it to a level where people will come down there and when they go to a concert or event, they’re comfortable there, there’s seating, there’s shelter. I think we need to take a hard look at what we have now.”

Mayor Bradley said concerns have been raised that previous water and electrical lines were not replaced and that the therapeutic peace garden isn’t accessible.

The mayor has also forwarded a letter from Victims of Chemical Valley, who want their memorial to be “made whole again.”

Chair Sandra Kinart claimed they were promised a large stone would be placed with the memorial for the inscription of names.

Council will consider the matter at Monday’s meeting.