What’s your vision for Whitby’s waterfront? That’s the question the Town of Whitby is inviting the community to help answer as it launches a month-long campaign to gather feedback on residents’ priorities for the waterfront’s future.

From now to September 9, residents are invited to have their say by completing a short, online survey at whitby.ca/waterfrontsurvey. In addition, public-opinion firm Forum Research will conduct a randomized telephone survey of residents. Pop-up activations will also be held by the Town throughout the month at key locations along the waterfront.

There are currently a variety of activities and uses permitted along the waterfront. This survey will look at the future vision for the stretch of waterfront between the start of Water Street (at the base of Brock Street South) and Thickson Road South specifically.

“Our waterfront is one of our community’s greatest assets and we want to ensure that it continues to be enjoyed by our residents for years to come,” said Mayor Don Mitchell. “The results of this survey will help ensure that we are making informed decisions that are reflective of our residents’ priorities for the waterfront’s long-term use.”

Earlier this year, the Town announced the cancellation of the development of a new waterfront hotel and convention centre, as well as Pump House restaurant, along Whitby’s waterfront. Feedback collected through the survey will help inform the Town’s review of its Waterfront Parks and Open Space Master Plan – the document that sets out the Town’s vision for the waterfront over the next 20 years – being conducted in light of the cancellation of these projects. A staff report is expected to be brought forward to Council this fall to review options for the lands along Water Street, Kiwanis-Heydenshore Park, Heydenshore Pavilion and the Pump House site.

For more information or to complete the survey, visit whitby.ca/waterfrontsurvey.

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