Sally Ann Park Doomed Before it Even Starts?

January 30, 2010 at 12:43 pm 1 comment

A city proposal to turn a core-area London road into park space for Salvation Army clients has alarmed a nearby non-profit children’s centre already unnerved by neighbouring drug use and squatters.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of London boss Don Donner says he’s worried turning the road running along the Centre of Hope into an enclosed park — in part to ease loitering at the busy Wellington-Horton intersection — may bring more trouble to their doorstep.

Council’s environment and transportation committee this week gave city staff the go-ahead to further explore closing a portion of Bathurst St. and a Wellington St. offshoot, leasing them to the Salvation Army as an enclosed recreational green space.

Besides easing the troublesome Horton-Wellington loitering, the proposal is designed to give Centre of Hope clients and their friends a safe, supervised place where trouble, such as drug dealers, can’t get to them.

The park proposal is tied to a $1.5 million public works stimulus fund project to replace sewers along Bathurst. Its surface could be left in a state that would allow a park, rather than a roadway.



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