Proposed pavilion for Victoria Park moves into design stage

Dave Stewart
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Council will get look at options in two weeks before it returns to public

The entrance to Victoria Park in Charlottetown in the snow

It’s back to the drawing board for the proposed pavilion at Victoria Park.

A public meeting was held in Charlottetown on Wednesday night to hear ideas on what people want to see it look like.

Coun. Melissa Hilton, chairwoman of parks and recreation, says people were more curious than anything.

“It was more curiosity,’’ Hilton said Thursday. “What is a pavilion, for example, (was the big question).’’

So, Hilton and staff with the parks and recreation department and Red Oak Landscaping in Winsloe, the firm that will come up with some design ideas, tried to describe the general vision.

“We talk about a gathering area, a viewing spot, kind of a point of interest,’’ the councillor said.

“It’s an open concept that can be elevated slightly . . . very low-grade elevation. (It’s) just to sit out and have some benches, perhaps, for relaxation or just to sit and talk to people.’’

In other words, something like a very small patio deck with room, for example, for a picnic table.

Keith Sanders, who was at the meeting, will come up with some design ideas. In another couple of weeks, he’ll let council see what he’s drawn up before the parks and recreation department schedules another public meeting so that everything gets to see them.

Whatever it ends up being, if it actually gets built, it will block off the central roadway that allows vehicles access to the tennis courts.

The plan is to put the pavilion across from the cannons so that it blocks that roadway, which will be turned into pedestrian-friendly green space.

Since that will cut off access to the tennis courts, the idea is to enhance the parking lot at the Kiwanis Dairy Bar.

The city is paying Red Oak $35,000 to design and manage the project.

dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca

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Geographic location: Victoria Park, Charlottetown, Red Oak

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  • yolanda
    February 14, 2014 - 17:31

    sounds like a great success this meeting---- why oh why do they insist on blocking the beautiful view with some foolish structure that nobody has asked for, - give it up, pay the $ 35.000 and forget it, - it is disgusting how City Hall is robbing us, just to play around, - for Pete``s sake,up save OUR money, and give us a property tax break. instead