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posted Nov 6, 2016, 6:54 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association   [ updated Nov 6, 2016, 6:55 AM ]
Honourable Mayor Watson and Councillor Leiper
Items to consider for the 2017 budget. I have suggested the first 3 items for a fourth year.
  1. Develop Riverside Terrace Park in the Westboro Beach Community off Clearview. I have difficulty understanding how priorities are established in the cities planning department, council or by the community association.
    1. This park has never been developed for our neighbourhood yet other neighbourhoods like McKeller get expansions, upgrades and redevelopment. The time for this park is well past due. 
    2. It is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city. 
    3. It is one of the highest density neighbourhoods in the city.
    4. The neighbourhood has no skating rink, ball diamond, tennis court or park (it has two tot parks). Can we not have a park that has, as a minimum, been cleared and that has some paths and benches for people to sit on? The cost would be low and a start.
  2. There are no curbs and gutter nor presentable parking on the North side of Scott St. from Island Park to Churchill. Parking should be developed in a presentable and controlled manner. 
    1. Vehicles are parking every which way on the green space tearing up the grass and blocking cycling lanes. This does not align with Liveable City planning objectives.
    2. Parking on McRae St was removed when the Collections Development was built and the infrastructure reconstructed. 
    3. The added traffic and users of the Collection Building and Farm Boy on McRae seek more and more parking as do transit users. 
    4. Scott Street is designated a Main Street. It deserves Main Street attention.
    5. The Westboro Transit Station should have presentable access.
  3. Provide street lights (safety issue), waste receptacles and benches along the Scott St transitway pathway. There is not one waste receptacle or bench from Dominion Station to Bronson. Transitway use should be encouraged but walking along the pathway at night without adequate lighting is really uncomfortable and discourages use.
  4. Discontinue  patching concrete sidewalks with ashpalt. It is uneven for walking and not presentable. It does not align with Liveable City planning objectives.
Scott Street does not get the attention it deserves. It is a border to several community associations to its North and South. None of them seem to give it any attention and shun responsibility as it is on their outer boundaries.
Thank you for your consideration,
Ron Brown