Year-round ice pilot program to get the green light from Council

This past Monday, June 24th, Saugeen Shores Town Council accepted a report setting out a recommendation from staff to ‘green-light’ a year-round ice pilot program for a three-year term, beginning in 2025.

Community feedback was asked for through two survey methods – a scientific panel survey through the FlashVote platform and an unscientific open survey out to the public at large.  The survey for 12-month ice in Saugeen Shores resulted in a total of 1,331 participants (233 panel participants and 1,098 public participants). The survey only ran from April 30th to May 2nd.

The pilot project is estimated to provide a positive net impact of $248,678 in revenue over its three-year duration. This improvement could assist in lowering the operating deficit of the Complex, with a current five-year annual average projected to be $397,281.

“Council remains committed to growing local arts, culture and recreation in a financially sustainable manner,” said Mayor Luke Charbonneau. “We know that this will ensure that Saugeen Shores continues to be the best place for residents to live, and tourists to visit.”

Annual summary reports will be provided for the duration of the pilot program and a recommendation regarding the program beyond 2027 will be presented for Council through the 2028 Business Plan.

In preparing the report, consultation with the Aquatic and Wellness Centre project team confirmed there is no concern that the pilot program will impact either the construction project or schedule.

Council will formally approve the resolution at its next meeting on July 8th.

You can read the staff report presented to Town Council here.

This pilot projects aligns with the Town’s Strategic Plan in fostering a vibrant place to live and visit through the growth of local arts, culture, and recreation.