Timmins city council is looking into a five-year plan for the Hollinger and White Water Parks. Mayor Steve Black is asking council to discuss a multi-year vision for two of the city’s biggest public spaces. He says if council is on board, city staff can develop a five-year plan to keep in mind when the budget process rolls around next year.
Councillor Andrew Marks is encouraging the public to get involved in the process, saying anyone can forward their ideas onto their respective councillors. He calls it a dialogue the city needs to keep alive. Marks also points out when budget time comes around the city has to prioritize. But, he says this is a welcome opportunity to fit this plan in during budget time, to make sure it doesn’t fall off the table.
This pitch to develop a five year plan comes on the heels of low levels of arsenic and lead found in the soil of Hollinger. However, the Porcupine Health Unit says regular use of the park can continue. Council voted in favour of creating a long term plan for the parks.