The City of Sault Ste. Marie has taken measures to protect the playing surfaces at Strathclair Park by installing fencing along the Hub Trail. The move aims to deter motorized vehicles from accessing areas that are commonly used by the public for softball and soccer activities.
After a concerned cyclist raised the issue on social media, the city addressed the situation promptly. A gate near the Strathclair Sports Complex entrance has been opened to allow continued access to the multi-use trail until the arrival of snow. Additionally, gates at the west end of Strathclair Dog Park and the sports complex will remain open until then.
The decision to fence off Strathclair Park was made primarily to address the risk posed by motorized vehicles, including snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles, that may interfere with the soccer fields and other sports facilities in the area. Furthermore, the parks manager highlighted a rise in the number of individuals utilizing the winter walking trails on the slow pitch and soccer fields.
During the winter months, the portion of the Hub Trail between St. Mary’s College and Strathclair will not be maintained. As plowing of Second Line roadway commences and snow accumulates, the section extending from the Humane Society to St. Mary’s High School becomes impassable. Consequently, this specific section leading from Strathclair to the Humane Society entrance serves minimal purpose throughout the winter season.
The City of Sault Ste. Marie remains committed to preserving the integrity and functionality of its playing fields and sports facilities. By erecting fencing along the Hub Trail, it ensures that these areas are safeguarded and provides a clear message discouraging the unauthorized use of motorized vehicles.