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<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Report to Council <br />Report Number: CS 35-21 <br />Date: October 21, 2021 <br />From: Sarah Douglas-Murray <br />Director, Community Services <br />Subject: Community Engagement for Pickering City Centre Design <br />-Summary Report <br />-File: A-1440 <br />Recommendations: <br />1. That Report CS 35-21 regarding the Pickering City Centre community design consultation <br />summary report be received for information; and, <br />2. That the appropriate City officials be authorized to take the necessary actions as <br />indicated in this report. <br />Executive Summary: As per Report CAO 04-21 dated May 25, 2021 (Resolution <br />#604/21), the Community Services Department and Pickering Public Library staff worked <br />together to conduct Pickering City Centre stakeholder and community design consultation <br />exercises. These exercises were to consider community feedback before advancing the City <br />Centre design to working drawings for tender – after that time, design changes can be cost <br />prohibitive. In the summer of 2021, the City of Pickering launched a robust design consultation <br />program that invited stakeholders and the broader community to identify what services, <br />programs and spaces, Pickering residents would like to see as part of a new City Centre. <br />This comprehensive design consultation and engagement program included a variety of <br />platforms for participation: <br />1. LetsTalkPickering.ca was used as the landing page for community consultation, <br />providing a central site to access the City Centre ideas board, workshop registrations <br />and four City Centre surveys featuring the new City Centre Library design, the Youth & <br />Seniors’ Centre design, the Performing Arts Centre design, and the Public Square <br />design. There were over 3,000 visits to LetsTalkPickering.ca. <br />2. Four facility specific surveys were created for each public space. Community <br />engagement resulted in the completion of 579 surveys. The Central Library survey had <br />179 participants. The Seniors & Youth Centre had 144 participants. The Performing Arts <br />Centre had 128 participants. The Public Square had 128 participants. <br />3. Design boards with City Centre renderings were displayed at the Central Library and <br />George Ashe Library for five weeks. Access to hard copies of the four surveys was <br />available and assistance was provided by library staff. Access to Let’sTalkPickering.ca <br />was available through the Library’s public computers.