Sunday, July 21, 2024

Survey now live regarding cost-sharing agreement for Gananoque’s Lou Jeffries Arena

The Lou Jeffries Town of Gananoque & TLTI Recreational Centre

Coming out of a recent meeting over the cost-sharing agreement for the Lou Jeffries, Gananoque and TLTI Recreation Centre, the two municipalities have made a survey regarding the matter live.

The survey, which is available on the Town of Gananoque’s website and social media accounts, will remain open until April 1.

The survey can also be found at surveymonkey.com.

The results will be published and accessible after April 8.

“We are launching a survey, hoping to reach all users, so that we can receive data and feedback regarding the usership of the arena, not just for hockey and skating, but all of the activities / groups,” said Gananoque chief administrative officer Melanie Kirkby.

Questions on the survey include – Where do you live? How many people live in your household? Do you have school-aged children in your home? Do you, or your family, use the Lou Jeffries Arena? If yes, what services do you use? Prior to living in Gananoque, did you and/or your family use the Lou Jeffries Arena? If yes, what services do you use?

The survey also asks: Is anyone in your home registered in Gananoque Minor Hockey, Gananoque Figure Skating Club, Gananoque Royals, senior men’s hockey, Probus Club, soccer league, Tai Chi, baseball league? Have you ever rented the ice surface or the upstairs hall at the arena? Do you or anyone in your household visit the arena to be a spectator at a game, competition or skate? Do you think the Lou Jeffries Arena is an important part of the community?

There is also a spot on the survey for any additional comments one might want to make about the arena or the funding model to support it.

One can also choose to be contacted about the survey. All information, it is noted, will remain confidential.

There was some confusion to last weekend’s meeting, whether or not it was a public and open meeting.

Some who attended thought it was public, however, it ended up being a meeting with the arena working group and by invitation to the executive members of all of the arena user groups.

“We didn’t make it a public meeting in order to ensure that there would be enough time for each executive to speak,” said Kirkby.

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