Kitchener Memorial Auditorium

I’ve been looking forward to providing you with an update on the plans for parking and transportation for the soon to be expanded Kitchener Auditorium. I can now let you know that the city and the Rangers have organized a meeting to include the public as a part of their process before the plan goes to council later this month as requested in November. It is only 8 days away so please help spread the word.

Here are the official details as posted on the city’s website.

Proposed parking options

The Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club has developed a series of options to address the need for additional parking at and around the Aud, given close to 1,000 new seats will soon be added to the arena.

More information on these options will be shared during a presentation by Kitchener Rangers staff on:

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012

7 p.m.

Subscriber’s Lounge – The Aud

400 East Ave., Kitchener

*Presentation will begin promptly at 7:05 p.m. 

Plan to attend this presentation and let us know what you think!

Attend. Listen. Give your feedback.

I helped to make the voices of people living in neighbourhoods around the Auditorium heard. Now it is up to you to show up at this meeting, hear what is planned and let both the city and the Rangers know if you like their plans and what improvements you recommend. I hope that enough time has been left to incorporate your feedback, if any is required, into the plan before it goes to Council.

In November, I decided to make my voice heard on this issue because I didn’t see any evidence that feedback from neighbours had been heard. When the expansion plans were announced, there were no substantive plans to address the transportation and parking needs for 1000 additional people despite having experienced problems after a smaller expansion in 2008. At the neighbourhood meeting, the overwhelming concern expressed was “Where will they park?” Still there was little proposed to effectively address this important aspect of the project. I was happy that Council heard the concerns and called for a plan for parking be brought back to it by the end of February before construction started.

I’m just one person though and so now that a plan has been developed, it is important that a wide range of people from the neighbourhoods identified in the original parking study attend to find out how they might be affected. I’d also suggest that streets not in the study but that could be impacted such as Melrose and Dumfries between Krug and Chapel or Merner and Lydia between Cameron and Krug be present. Here is my post where I shared my thoughts on the original parking study and where new problems are most likely to occur if there was no plan. There is a new and improved parking study that I am hoping takes a more accurate look at where people could be parking and how many spaces are available on local streets.

Based upon the ideas and feedback given to the city and the Rangers, I look forward to seeing among the options a plan that will help more people see Rangers games without increasing on street parking in residential neighbourhoods. On February 9 at 7 p.m., we’ll learn whether any of the options presented delivers a plan that can achieve that objective.

Attend. Listen. Give your feedback.

And please help me spread the word about the meeting.

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