Mayor Bratina and Members of City Council,
I am writing to introduce myself and to express the views of the Hamilton Cycling Committee regarding the proposed Pan AM Velodrome facility.
I am an entrepreneur in Ward 3. A native Hamiltonian, I am also a two-time Olympic cyclist (Munich, 1972 and Montreal, 1976) and an honorary member of the Hamilton Cycling Club. I also sit on the Hamilton Cycling Committee and was voted to represent the Committee on the City's Velodrome Committee.
The Hamilton Cycling Committee position is that a velodrome located in Hamilton will be immeasurably rewarding. The most significant of these are:
- the prestige of having a world-class training/games facility in Hamilton;
- the revenues from on-site advertising, track user fees, spectator admission fees, parking fees, and spin-off revenues in the form of accommodation and dining needs (heaviest use is expected to be during the fall and winter seasons) that local hotels and restaurants would supply;
- being home to the National and Provincial cycling teams as their designated training base;
- being a site which can serve as a major player in hosting annual Provincial and National competitions as well as World Cup cycling events;
- the benefactor of promoting grassroots track cycling; and
- the investment in the health and well-being of the entire community.
In recognition of the necessity for City Council to pledge an additional five million dollars for this project, we believe that shortfalls can be met through the identification of major local and international sponsors; by fundraisers such as special events and promotional tours; and by opening an account to receive public and corporate donations, with donors' names inscribed on donation plaques.
In conclusion, we wish to impress upon you the invaluable contribution this City Council will make to amateur sport for generations into the future with a "yes" vote next Tuesday, Sept 13.
on behalf of the Hamilton Cycling Committee