Park best op­tion for Aca­dien Drive

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Not many cities have the op­por­tu­nity be­ing given to Char­lot­te­town with the pend­ing re­moval of the Pub­lic Works yard on Aca­dien Drive. To name a few, Toronto, Van­cou­ver, Hal­i­fax, Win­nipeg and Hamil­ton have spent mil­lions tak­ing back their wa­ter­fronts, turn­ing them from in­dus­trial ar­eas into pleas­ant places for their cit­i­zens.

We can do that too, but with­out spend­ing the mil­lions. Once the Pub­lic Works yard has been moved the re­main­ing land could be turned into a river­side park with very lit­tle dis­rup­tion to present traf­fic pat­terns. Mayor Lee has sug­gested the old yard would be a good place for a new sports com­plex. That would re­quire a great num­ber of changes to the present road sys­tem, dis­rupt the area around the Queen El­iz­a­beth Hos­pi­tal and the new Pal­lia­tive Care Cen­tre, and have a neg­a­tive im­pact on the pleas­ant com­mu­ni­ties on River Ridge Drive and Hills­bor­ough Vil­lage.

A park, how­ever, would need few ma­jor changes, and could even pro­vide an area for a wind or so­lar farm to sup­ply the city with green en­ergy. It will be some time be­fore stud­ies can be com­pleted and de­ci­sions made, but let’s ask Mayor Lee to give some thought to bet­ter pos­si­bil­i­ties than a sports com­plex for the area. Don Wil­son Char­lot­te­town

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