Bike skills park has got to go
| Posted: Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 06:00 am
I sympathize with the residents of Grandin who are fighting the construction of a mountain bike skills park in their neighbourhood.
I donít live in Grandin, but for me, this is no longer simply an issue of where construct a sporting facility. This is an issue of city council not paying attention to what the citizens of St. Albert are telling them, and if we donít resolve it, council will continue to put special interest groups ahead of the needs of citizens.
In March, Liberton residents explained to council why the mountain bike skills park is not a suitable installation for a residential park. Council removed the Liberton site from consideration, but incredibly replaced it with another residential site, Gloucester Park.
It should instead have removed all residential parks from consideration. Clearly, council isnít listening. Itís obvious that we St. Albertans need to send a clear message to council: The desires of special interest groups do not outweigh the needs of average citizens.
The public opinion survey about the mountain bike skills park is available to all St. Albertans (www.stalbert.ca/bike-skills-park). Please join me in sending a message to city council.
Nora Robertson, St. Albert