Letter: City-owned properties meant for all to use
To the editor:
I have lived in the South Pandosy area for years, and look forward to the Cedar Avenue Park becoming a reality. The properties included in this proposal were assembled specifically for that purpose over several decades. They were bought and paid for by the taxpayers, not the dozen or so special interest groups included in the recent charette!
Cities have always had the responsibility to provide basic services to their citizens: Roadways, sewer and water, sidewalks, and yes, parks. City staff and councils over the years, must have anticipated the expense of turning this block of land into a park. Proper civic management and budgetary considerations would have made the suggestion that we need commercial development to fund the construction of the park irrelevant. It is interesting to note that sizeable funds have been found in recent times for the Ben Lee Park, Stuart Park and various “multi-use corridors.”
The structure of this charrette—the stacking of the participants, the lack of choice on the MindMixer website options, lack of true public input and extremely short timeline—confirm the suspicion that there is a hidden agenda at work here that is meant to provide opportunity for developers who would like to cash in on the taxpayers’ investment.
None of the manipulations surrounding this issue would have been possible without the assistance of some people at City Hall. Perhaps the voting public should look at this more closely before the next election.