The Salvation Army of Hope’s Park Squashed

February 11, 2010 at 2:21 pm Leave a comment

In a recent post I covered the topic of The Salvation Army of Hope possibly getting a park by closing off part of Bathurst and Wellington Streets. Welp, it’s been squashed by City of London. The plan raised concerns with the nearby Boys’ and Girls’ Club of London and a city administrator says its tight timeline — tied to a roadwork project — won’t allow all the neighbourhood questions to be answered. According to Ross Fair, London’s community services manager, “it’s now apparent that the complexities around the project and the management of it will take a lot more thought.”

The proposal would have closed a portion of Bathurst and Wellington streets outside the Centre of Hope, and turned it into an enclosed park for the agency’s clients. But Don Donner, who runs the nearby Boys’ and Girls’ Club, spoke out within days, saying the park would bring loiterers closer to his building. The park proposal was tied to a $1.5 million public works stimulus fund project to replace sewers along Bathurst. Its surface was to have been left in a state that would allow a park.



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