An example of public input
Setup: 16-Feb-2013 
See video below.
Between the community discussions and the beginning of the Greenwood Rink renovation, Toronto City Council added another $1 million to bring the project (initially pegged at $1 million all-in) to $3.5 million. Then the news came that the renovation would keep the rink closed for the whole of the 2012/2013 rink season, since little work had been completed in the summertime. There were no more updates to public information: transparency was not accomplished.
After the well-attended meetings of 2011, resulting in only very minor changes, community participation dropped off rapidly. Some of the participants put their energies instead into starting up a very successful natural ice rink at nearby Orchard Park, with good city staff support.
Our group made a short video about the problems of limiting public input, and the alternative possibilities. The predictions of design problems and budget overruns that were made at the public meetings will be proven wrong or right in the next two years – a very important time to follow up.
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