Walkable Streets, Noise Top Issues at Ward 6 Meeting


Around 100 residents made it out for a discussion on the state of Ward 6 at the WFCU Centre Thursday night.

Ward 6 Councillor Joanne Gignac laid out millions of dollars of investments in area parks, the marina, roads, flood mitigation and many more infrastructure projects. Gignac admits there's still room for improvement as residents continue to report late night noise in area parks and ask for more green space, a crackdown on property standards, and traffic calming measures.

She says residents are also asking for a more pedestrian friendly Riverside Centre.

"Our Active Transportation Plan is coming shortly, we're going to be looking at the recommendations there and a number of you and a number of business people have said we need to look at Wyandotte Street East and how we can make it more of a neighbourhood commute like Walkerville," she told the crowd.

Joanne Jones's back yard backs onto Saint Rose Park, home of the new Riverside Miracle Park.

She says positive changes outweigh any issues facing the area she's called home for decades.

"We do a lot of walking at night and you can see the improvement in all the streets as you go to different areas. The parks, all of them, you can see kids and families getting out into the neighbourhoods now and that's great," she says.

Jones tells AM800 News improvements to Saint Rose Park have been a big boost to the neighbourhood, but there are still a few issues she's asking Gignac to address.

"It's an excellent place for them to go; we're just questioning perhaps some patrolling ... there's a lot of commotion at night," says Jones. "There's also been some new lights installed that highlight our back yard to broad daylight at nighttime."

Only the Ward 7 meeting remains on the agenda, but a date has yet to be set until a replacement is found for Liberal MP Irek Kusmierczyk.

He'll be transitioning to Ottawa after being elected to represent Windsor-Tecumseh in the 2019 Federal Election.