The City of Sault Ste. Marie has secured $500,000 in federal funding to proceed with its plan for a plaza in its downtown core.
Plans for the $6.6-million project, revealed in 2019 following consultation with Roger Brooks, include a splash pad and skating rink, a performance stage with a large screen, public art, and playground equipment.
Its development is designed as a way to revitalize the downtown core, while attracting newcomers, stimulating private investment, and increasing local and regional tourism.
Construction of the project is expected to create 46 jobs.
“The plaza will be a four-season community space that connects the waterfront and the downtown area, and will serve as a gathering space that increases activity in the downtown area, which we hope will drive more investment and assessment growth,” Sault Mayor Christian Provenzano said in a news release.
“This financial support represents a significant step forward towards fulfilling our vision for the downtown.”
Funding for the initiative comes through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program.