Letters to the Editor

Citizens care about downtown parks

To the Editor,

Re: Keep parkland public property, Editorial, Aug. 14.

As a daily walker of the seawall, I am very concerned about leasing Georgia Park. Coun. Fred Pattje believes the city could lose control of what happens with that section of the park no matter how flowery the wording. He is right. Also, he is right, reminding us of a previous city council that was prepared to give a portion of Maffeo Sutton Park to the conference centre hotel developer. Luckily they were able to undo that.

More people and vistors and events use this area, more then any part of the city. Why does city council continue wanting to give parkland away to private developers? What are they thinking?

ln 1970, Maffeo Sutton Park was protected for public use in perpetuity. lt was purposed for a marina, boat sheds and repair shops. A concerned citizens’ committee was formed. With their hard work they gathered 4,197 petitioners against that development. Thank goodness they won that fight. I would be very interested in their thoughts on this matter.

Grant Shaw
Nanaimo

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

B.C. hockey league has enough of angry parents
 
Children in poverty: Community gives kids a place to play
 
Children in poverty: Breakfast programs help children focus on school
Target to close all stores in Canada, including 19 in B.C.
 
Nanoose Bay couple builds tiny house
 
Logging company to get new home
Cyclists question safety of bike and transit lane
 
Couple learns to cope with PTSD
 
Improvements coming to town core

Community Events, January 2015

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Jan 22 edition online now. Browse the archives.