Parks and recreation chairwoman says no significant changes are in the works
Draft master plan for Victoria Park by Ekistics Planning and Design of Dartmouth, N.S.
City council has established a framework that will allow future councils to make changes to Victoria Park in Charlottetown.
Council voted 8-0 at its June public meeting to receive a consultant’s comprehensive plan for the future of Victoria Park.
Councillors Mitchell Tweel and Cecil Villard were absent.
The plan is to use it as a guiding document for any short-, medium- and long-term plans for the city’s crown jewel green space. It also allows the city to incorporate management policy and guidelines that are aimed at supporting the park’s historical, ecological and recreational significance.
It’s important to note that council did not ‘adopt’ the plan, it simply ‘received’ it.
“By receiving it we are not committed to doing everything within the report,’’ said Coun. Melissa Hilton, chairwoman of parks and recreation.
So far, a new gateway arch has been established at the Brighton Road entrance to the park. There has been talk of closing off the roadway that runs through the middle of the park and construct a small pavilion by the cannons but council hasn’t seen any conceptual designs yet.
It isn’t likely that the pavilion is going to happen anytime soon but council must call a public meeting before it goes that route, as per the Victoria Park bylaw.
There are other ambitious changes contained in the consultant’s report, such as a multi-model boardwalk that would accommodate inline skating, but council hasn’t even considered that at this stage.
Hilton said receiving the plan doesn’t mean council is in favour of any changes suggested in the report.
Some day in the future when and if a council does consider making changes, the public has to be consulted first.
“What needs to be stressed before any idea of any changes within Victoria Park is that according to the Victoria Park bylaw, we have to go to a public meeting. That’s imperative.’’