The City of Nanaimo should ensure walking routes to and from schools have sidewalks, says letter writer. (News Bulletin file photo)

The City of Nanaimo should ensure walking routes to and from schools have sidewalks, says letter writer. (News Bulletin file photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Prioritize sidewalks leading to elementary schools

Muddy path isn’t good enough for south-end students, says letter writer

To the editor,

Re: Sidewalks essential to make city more connected, Opinion, March 16.

This is a great reminder of the past to me. A south end neighbourhood plan from 2010 talked of new sidewalks on such streets lacking them. The angled street that runs from Needham up to Bayview Elementary School had a drawing of development in the draft. This has not happened. A community garden on a turn-around and sidewalks on both sides – not yet.

This is a school that many Indigenous and non-Indigenous children walk to every day, and the last 500 feet is a muddy path. Sidewalks need to be done. At least the path could be paved to be cheaper if sidewalks are too much to ask.

Neil Saunders, Nanaimo


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