Parkland in Williamsville

Dear Neighbours,

The Williamsville Community Association has received a message from the neighbourhood in the Churchill Park area:

On Sept. 6, City Council endorsed a plan that split the St. Joseph’s/St. Mary’s School property (corner of Brock and Napier Streets) into affordable housing, private market housing and parkland. Council did this even though they purchased the lot for parkland and even though there was:

  • absolutely no public consultation: No community engagement occurred prior to the Sept. 6 proposal despite City Council’s stated strategic priority of open government and civic engagement.
  • scant time for public comments: When a consultation meeting was finally held Oct. 3, the public had less than a week to provide further feedback.
  • blatant disregard for City plans, policies, data: The City’s Parks & Recreation Master Plan says that preserving parkland and open spaces should be a priority and that this includes purchasing surplus school sites for parkland. Also, the most recent census figures (2011) show that the Williamsville District, where the school property is located, is one of the most deficient neighbourhoods in the city in terms of parkland per capita. And a City report admits that acquiring additional parkland in the area is increasingly a challenge.

All those who are concerned about the future of green space in our neighbourhoods are invited to act now as City Council intends to deal with this at the Council Meeting of October 18th.

Thanks for your attention to this.