Reflections on an Unprecedented Year
I have been reflecting over the holidays on the past year and everything we've been able to accomplish as a community. Despite the pandemic, we have been able to do so much to move our neighbourhoods forward in what I deem as an unprecedented year. Here are some of the highlights that I think are important as we move forward:
Roads & Sewers
Some roads which have been done recently or are geared to start soon include the following:
- Phase 3 of Huron Church between College and Girardot recently completed and an application has already been put forward to complete the 4th and final stretch between Girardot and Dorchester
- McKay, Curry and Adanac have been recently completed as a continuation of the College, McKay, Curry and Laing project
- Sandwich Street sewer relining has already begun and the road reconstruction starts this year!
- Cameron, Brock, Rankin and Randolph have all been complete at different stretches this past year
- Rooney and Josephine are already budgeted and scheduled to commence this upcoming spring/summer
- University Ave West Environmental Assessment should be complete soon and construction should start this year. Council has allocated upwards of $17million for the project in the last budget approved this past December. I've talked a lot about this road in the past and have been advocating for its revamp since being elected. I can't say this enough: this is the most important road in our inner city and doing it right is critically important!
- Shoreline protection and playground at McKee Park
- New gazebo, soccer nets and picnic table at Bradley park this upcoming spring/summer (from my ward funds) and a complete revamp in a few years - Council already budgeted for this park in the tune of approximately $500,000
- New playground and splash pad at Wilson Park (Adie Knox) to begin this spring/summer as well
- New lighting and railing along the west side riverfront
- Bridgeview Park revamp including new trails, lighting, benches, parking lot, drainage and more
- Restoration and protection of our Black history murals at Paterson Park
- New bleachers at Mic Mac Park and coming soon, a new basketball court this upcoming spring/summer!
- We also renamed the park adjacent to Mackenzie Hall as Mary Bibb Park, honouring a remarkable woman and figure in Sandwich Town
- A legal arrangement with the University of Windsor to share their pool which will include all of the programming currently at AK at the same times, more or less, along with free parking and similar water temperatures
- Up to $29million investment from the City ($20million already budgeted as per the 2022 budget) that will see a new indoor gym, rec rooms, walking track, outdoor splash pad and playground, tennis courts, pickleball, and much more...
- Fairmount development at the old Grace Site at Crawford and University Ave. W. This is a huge residential and mixed use development that will be a catalyst for the street.
- Graffiti development on University Ave W. is another catalyst project that is multi-use and will include high density residential along with a grocery store and other retail options
- Watkins Housing for youth which was a collaborative effort between the City, Family Services and upper levels of government to secure the funds and operations to house 10 youth at risk in our community
- There are a few more housing projects that will be announced soon but I can't divulge at this time until we get the approval from the relevant stakeholders. Stay tuned!
Lastly, and very importantly, I am grateful for the approval of Community Improvement Plans for both University Ave West and Wyandotte Ave. West. These CIPs will provide incentives for residential and commercial development along these corridors and are proven to work as we've seen them used in Sandwich Town, Ford City and downtown.
- Partnering with Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation and MH100 to install new backetball court and nets at both St. Joseph community housing and Bloomfield court. I used my ward funds for this project and it was widely embraced by many youth and families in our community
- Sandwich Town Farmers Market was a huge success in 2021 and I look forward to continuing it in 2022 and beyond. This was an effort by the Sandwich BIA (I sit on the BIA as Councillor) and stakeholders in our community. If you haven't been, it is located at the Hurricanes Parking Lot at the corner of Sandwich and Mill. Stay tuned for the 2022 schedule which should be released in the coming months.
- Miracle in Sandwich and Open Streets were both well-attended and fun events for families in our community. The first was exclusively a BIA project and the second was a City initiative with the BIA contributing toward the stretch on Sandwich Street.
- Windsor West Little League winning the championship was another great highlight. I've been sponsoring WWLL since being elected and the team I sponsored won the championship this past summer! Congrats to the kids and I look forward to a full season in 2022 (fingers crossed)
- Volunteering at Tim Horton's camp day is always fun and something I look forward to every year since being elected
- We planted many trees this past year and there will be more in the coming years as well