Council formally receives plan for Victoria Park’s future

Dave Stewart
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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.’’

dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca

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Geographic location: Victoria Park, Brighton Road

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  • Billy P
    June 19, 2014 - 05:33

    Victoria park needs to be used more, biking paths, roller paths, stroller paths, docks on the water, beach area for swimming there is no where in chtown to swim , restuarants over looking the water, water sports happening every week in the summer, tennis tournaments, ball tournaments, Canada day and many other concerts......for god sake lets use this land we dont live forever!

  • Elephant in the room
    June 18, 2014 - 16:52

    And what is that thing in the SW part of the park that looks very much like a hotel? And what resident uses of the park will have to give way to accommodate the small number of well-to-do tourists who will use it? It must be awfully tempting for some people to look at so much undeveloped land in the heart of downtown. But several generations resisted that temptation in order to pass down to us a green space that belongs to everyone. We should do the same. And I agree: Canada Day celebrations belong at Victoria Park.

    • Dale Sharkey
      June 18, 2014 - 20:18

      Elephant in the Room - I believe what you think is a hotel is in fact tennis courts. Seems you haven't been there very much if you don't recognize existing features.

  • no google
    June 18, 2014 - 15:57

    Victoria Park would be an ideal setting for some affordable housing, central and accessible for people with out a car. Time has come to think of the under privileged.

  • cam
    June 18, 2014 - 15:34

    great, leave the park alone, now AND after the election-

  • goodness
    June 18, 2014 - 15:25

    Delighted to see City |Council has come to their senses, - we all love Victoria Park the way it is. The compulsion to clutter it up must be curtailed. Why politicians cannot leave well enough alone is a puzzle, except of course it is not their own money they waste. We need to ask the candidates when they come around where they stand on wasting our money on messing up or beloved park.

  • why don't we use the park more
    June 18, 2014 - 13:26

    I am still trying to figure out why the city took Canada Day away from the park again. The Event Grounds is great for major shows, etc., but Victoria Park is where the Canada Day celebrations belong. There won't be that many people allowed to enjoy the concerts being put on this year due to the foolish system that few could utilize to get tickets. Lets be fair to all Islanders and let us enjoy this jewel in PEI for ourselves where everyone can attend.