our commitment to our most important resource
many times have you heard a politician utter the words.
"Our youth are the most important resource we have."
phrase has been used so many times by so many politicians
it has become as cliché as "the taxpayer always
comes first", "keeping an eye on the bottom
line", and "every vote counts".
often say "our youth are the most important resource
we have," but very seldom back that comment up with
the the level of commitment that comes anywhere close
to the actually statement. Not so in Ottawa, where more
than $150 million has been invested in community athletic
and arts facilities since amalgamation, and that doesn't
include Lansdowne Park.
studies have shown that sports, and especially team sports,
can have a significant impact on the positive development
of youth. They promote team work, develop self-confidence,
character and self-discipline, and often lead to improved
academic achievement, fewer behavioural problems and greater
that's not to say that if you child doesn't play sports
they're going to lack self-confidence, have no discipline
and will do poorly in school, it just means that kids
who play organized sports often excel in areas outside
the field of play. The same can be said for kids involved
in the performing arts as well.
still remember how difficult it was to get city council
to commit to building an east end arts facility that would
eventually become the Shenkman Arts Centre. The project
was only made possible through a private public partnership.
It was a win-win for both the developer and the city,
but most importantly it was a huge win for the hundreds
of youth who have used the facility since it was opened
five years ago.
public partnerships have also led to the expansion of
the Ray Friel Centre, the construction of the Bell Sensplex
in Kanata, the indoor dome at the Hornet's Nest in Blackburn
Hamlet, and more recently Sensplex East.
in facilities for our youth is fundamentally important
because it sends a clear message to our young people that
they are valued members of our society and our community.
we have yet another project in the works. This one brought
forward by Cumberland Ward Coun. Stephen Blais who has
been working with city staff and four major home developers
on a proposal to expand Millennium Park.
$8 million project would see the construction of an artificial
turf with lighting and bleachers, three more grass soccer
fields, two ultimate Frisbee fields, a field house and
a play area for young kids.
project would cost taxpayers $2 million. The other $6
million would be put up by the new home developers who
will be paid back through a special surcharge on new home
construction in the Orleans and Cumberland Wards.
homebuilders, which include Minto, Tamerack, Claridge
and Mattamy, would be responsible for designing and installing
the new facilities.
is just what the doctor order in an area that will see
the construction of 5,000 more homes over the next 10
years. If I was to add anything to the project it would
be an area for dog owners.
be that what is made, the proposal is another perfect
example of creative thinking when it comes to providing
infrastructure for our most important resource -- our
to Stephen Blais for putting it together. Now the responsibility
falls on the rest of city council to get it done.
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