Park input needed

An empty and deserted park on 46 Ave. may be turned back into a playground if enough people get behind the project.

An empty and deserted park on 46 Ave. may be turned back into a playground if enough people get behind the project.

The playground equipment at the park on 46 Ave. between 52 and 53rd streets has been removed and presently there are no plans for this space.

However, Peter Stenstrom, director of community services, is making another attempt to garner public input regarding the playground.

“Our objective will be to discover some potential uses of the space and to hear what the majority of the local users want.”

Stenstrom said at this point we’ve had one idea come forward and that is to make it into a playground again.

It would be a bit of a process, but if we want to go that route, it would have to be budgeted for now so the money could be in place for 2014.

Earlier this year Shauna Shields, a mom who lives near the playground, wrote to council asking them to look at installing minimal equipment such as a swing set and/or basketball hoop.

At that time CAO Tony Goode said there was no dollars in the budget for playgrounds, but it could be put in the budget for next year.

An off leash dog park and a park area with a gazebo are a couple of ideas which have been discussed by the recreation board.

“The rec board held a public meeting about this park several months back, but due to poor attendance no clear message from the public was heard,” Stenstrom said.

The rec board will hold another public meeting at the park on Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. with free hotdogs and pop available.

“Our objective will be to discover some potential uses of the space and to hear what the majority of the local users want.”

It would be a bit of a process to make it into a playground again, but if we want to go that route, it would have to be budgeted for now so the money could be in place for 2014.