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October 7, 2010: A New Fence for Hilda-Bayview Park

City Councillor, parents and children cutting the ribbon at entrance to park

City Councillor Christine Leadman, parents and children recently officially opened the new fence of the Hilda-Bayview Park.

Photo caption: (from front page) City Councillor Christine Leadman, parents and children recently officially opened the new fence of the Hilda-Bayview Park. See page 22 for story. Photo by Cheryl Parrott

A New Fence for Hilda-Bayview Park

By Hilda O’Meara, Bayview Neighbours Group

For more than two years the parents of the young children who play in Hilda-Bayview Park have been asking for a fence across the Bayview side. The parents were willing to do the work – they looked at rescuing fences being discarded from other parks.
As construction started on Parkdale Park last year they were willing to take that old, rusted fence and haul it to Bayview. It would have been a tremendous amount of work – it would have had to have been cut off at the base where it was, extensions welded on and then new concrete poured at Bayview. Then word came that it would not meet new Canadian Safety Association standards. A fund-raising plan was being looked at, knowing it would take at least two or three years to raise the funds.
Councillor Leadman to the rescue. Development projects of a certain size that cannot provide adequate land for a parkland contribution can apply to the City to pay “cash in lieu of parkland.” This system has been in place for many years however the money has always ended up in the City coffers with not a cent seen in the local community. Last year Christine Leadman was instrumental in a successful motion at City Council to change this and now 60% of the development “cash in lieu of parkland” stays in the same ward where the development occurs. This gives the local community a direct benefit from the development. It is because of this that the Bayview fence came so quickly. Parents and caregivers are able to enjoy the fence now, without years of fund-raising bake sales or back-breaking labour. The kids really enjoy the park and are very free to run around as much as they want. Those passing through the park respect the use and close the gates.
Other park projects in Kitchissippi that have benefited this summer or are slated to have enhancements are: Clare Gardens, Stirling-Carruthers Park, Roy Duncan Park, Laroche Park and Hintonburg Park. Parks that are under consideration for projects are: Reid Park, Iona Park, Fisher Heights Park, McCormick Park, Lion’s Park, Byron Linear Park and Evergreen Park.
Tying the development cash in lieu to the direct community is long overdue. The neighbours of Hilda-Bayview Park are ecstatic.

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