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Come out to celebrate and support green spaces in Greater Sudbury

by Naomi Grant

The schoolyard of the old Wembley P.S. is a priority site as it would fill gaps for neighbourhood and community parks, and is also next to Junction Creek (photo by Naomi Grant)
The schoolyard of the old Wembley P.S. is a priority site as it would fill gaps for neighbourhood and community parks, and is also next to Junction Creek (photo by Naomi Grant)
This west end hilltop on city property is now parkland.  Residents and the Ward 1 CAN are excited about the opportunity for trails.  (photo by Naomi Grant)
This west end hilltop on city property is now parkland. Residents and the Ward 1 CAN are excited about the opportunity for trails. (photo by Naomi Grant)
The Clear Lake area has been identified as a green space opportunity by the Panel and the CAN.  A land use agreement is worth exploring.  (Photo by Glenn Murray)
The Clear Lake area has been identified as a green space opportunity by the Panel and the CAN. A land use agreement is worth exploring. (Photo by Glenn Murray)
The city-owned northern portion of the Capreol Highlands is now part of the parks inventory.  (Photo by Glenn Murray)
The city-owned northern portion of the Capreol Highlands is now part of the parks inventory. (Photo by Glenn Murray)
A. Y. Jackson, Onaping Falls park, has nearly doubled in size with the addition of adjacent city owned land to the park (Photo by Naomi Grant)
A. Y. Jackson, Onaping Falls park, has nearly doubled in size with the addition of adjacent city owned land to the park (Photo by Naomi Grant)
View from the Lonsdale hilltop over Ramsey Lake.  This city land is now in the parks inventory.  (Photo by Naomi Grant)
View from the Lonsdale hilltop over Ramsey Lake. This city land is now in the parks inventory. (Photo by Naomi Grant)
CPR Bay.  This new parkland along the shore of Ramsey Lake was recently donated to the City.  (Photo by Naomi Grant)
CPR Bay. This new parkland along the shore of Ramsey Lake was recently donated to the City. (Photo by Naomi Grant)
Southview Greenbelt.  The Ward 1 Councillor championed this green space, resulting in a creative deal with the School Board to bring the balance of the greenbelt into the parks system.  (Photo by Laura Young)
Southview Greenbelt. The Ward 1 Councillor championed this green space, resulting in a creative deal with the School Board to bring the balance of the greenbelt into the parks system. (Photo by Laura Young)

If you live in Greater Sudbury, it’s a given that you’ve got some favourite places to go to be in nature.  It’s one of the great things about living here.  But the odds are also high that a  piece of bush you loved has made way for development.  This tension was one of the reasons behind the formation of the Green Space Advisory Panel in 2007.  The vision of the Panel is that everyone has access to green spaces, that every person can walk to a park in their neighourhood, and that special and unique natural places in our community are protected. 

If you love parks, green spaces, and trails, you might want to be at Tom Davies this Monday, November 18, when the Panel will update Councillors on their work.  They present at the 6:00 p.m. Community Services Committee meeting, in room C-11.  The meeting is open to the public.

In their first term, the Panel took stock of what green spaces we have in Greater Sudbury and which should be protected as part of the parks system.  Their work culminated in the Final Report of the Green Space Advisory Panel 2010, which included a parks classification system, a surplus parkland disposal policy, an inventory of green spaces and green space opportunities, acquisition strategies and recommendations moving forward.

The second term of the Panel began in 2011.  On Monday, they present the results of their work so far.  There is plenty of good news.  Many sites, mostly natural parks, have been added to the parks inventory, and are now protected for future generations.

More important to moving forward however, is the wealth of information the Panel hopes will be acted upon by Council.  A gap analysis provides detailed information on which areas are lacking in parkland, as well as opportunities to fill those gaps.  A short list of priority sites highlights the most worthwhile opportunities, given the gap analysis, further community input, and site-specific circumstances.  There are opportunities to champion in every ward.  It is hoped that both citizens and Councillors step up to make these opportunities a reality, to the benefit of the community.

 

For more information, or to share information about a green space, contact Naomi Grant, grant_naomi@hotmail.com.

To let your Councillor know that green spaces are important to you, find their contact info here.

To receive updates on this and other related issues, ask to receive the Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury newsletter – contact clsudbury@live.com.

 

Naomi Grant is a member of the Green Space Advisory Panel, and chairs Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury.


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