Residents to meet to preserve park

A group of residents concerned about the town’s proposed development plans for the open space on the 1100 block of Nelson Street are holding an open meeting this evening.
The meeting, intended to discuss ideas on how to preserve this area for general public use, is slated for 7 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church (1105 Scott St.)
“A search is being conducted now to check on the existence of a bylaw which many people believe was passed by the town council in the late ’80s to preserve the area as a park,” said former resident Marianne Rude, who is interested in preserving the open space.
“We will hopefully know the results of that search by [tonight],” she added.
But Rick Hallam, superintendent of Planning and Development for the town, said this morning the land officially is designated as “open space,” and definitely not a park or playground.
“To my knowledge, it was never officially designated as a park. I’d be happy to see someone prove me wrong,” he added.
Hallam noted council declared the land surplus back in May, at which time council directed staff to investigate the most appropriate use for it.
He said the Planning and Development division will be forwarding a report with recommendations to the Planning and Development executive committee at its regular meeting tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. at the Civic Centre.
“No decisions have been made on the property,” he stressed, adding tomorrow morning’s meeting also is open to the public.