Ontario Construction News staff writer
The City of Windsor is completing a study of Sandpoint Beach Park to design a master plan that includes modifications to the existing shoreline, improved public safety, and upgrades for amenities.
“Sandpoint is a unique offering for families and water-sport enthusiasts alike. The proposed design reflects that excitement, with safety and accessibility as top concerns,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens.
“We are proud to be consulting with First Nations and respecting these lands throughout the process as we continue delivering results.”
The study was completed by Landmark Engineers Inc. and preliminary site design layouts have been released for review and feedback and public meetings will be held May 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Riverside Sportsmen Club, 10835 Riverside Drive E.
The Sandpoint Beach Park project is included in the capital plan which sets out $1.6 billion in spending over the next decade and commits $170 million in 2022. Included among that $170 million is over $17.5 million for Parks and Recreation facilities – the highest ever investment in this area.
Sessions will be drop-in style meetings and city staff will be available to take comments on the design and answer questions about the project. Info boards will also be posted to a website or two weeks following the meetings for review and feedback.
The study area includes Sandpoint Beach, Ganatchio Park, and Stop 26 Park, which together are commonly referred to as Sandpoint Beach Park – two years ahead of the original plan, because a drowning at the beach escalated the need for a safety assessment of the area.
“In May of 2021, the tragic drowning of a young resident urgently called to the need to accelerate the review,” said Ward 7 Councillor Jeewen Gill.
“This is a fantastic family attraction, and we need to make sure that all members of our community can safely enjoy it.”