Mariners Centre Expansion Committee
Data provides valuable insight to assist the expansion committee’s work.
<April 28th, 2021 – Hebron, NS>
A random sample survey of 400 people, conducted by leading research firm MQO, has quantified continued strong support of the Mariner’s Centre expansion and an interim bridge solution. “Understanding where regional residents stand on social and infrastructural needs is critical for the District of Yarmouth Council to make the most informed decisions possible.” said MODY Warden, John Cunningham. “As the largest municipality, and likely the largest municipal contributor, this research is essential to better gauge residents’ position on how and where money should be spent.”
The regional community survey selected residents randomly and revealed recreation infrastructure is a topic of great importance to the community as a whole, “Overall respondents in all three municipal units have been balanced and practical,” according to the research lead Lianne Sarson, VP Research MQO. The results do indicate more education on the project is necessary as 45% of respondents indicated low or no familiarity around the planned bridge and expansion.
Even so, 92% of people support the Mariner’s Centre expansion with the most desired amenities ranked as: 91% for a 6 lane 25 metre pool; two lane walking track at 81%; and fitness centre at 74%. When asked about the bridge option which has been advanced in recent months 70% of respondents supported re-opening 275 Main St. and 50% supported a proportionate public expenditure for the interim solution.
The data collected by this survey shows merit in continued moderate investment in the bridge facility as well as strong support for the Municipality of Yarmouth’s initial investments of $75,000 for the bridge and $2 Million for the Mariners Centre Expansion. This data will be used to better support a competitive application for funding to senior government.
The Mariners Centre Board is tasked with creating a business plan and budget for reopening and operating “Mariners on Main”- the bridge location. Once this work is complete, the municipal units will be asked for the necessary investment to re-open 275 Main Street and work will begin.
To view survey results, click HERE
Chief Administrative Officer