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Group to hold town hall over bike skills park placement

Grass-roots organization wants to hear from all sides March 4

By: Victoria Paterson

  |  Posted: Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 06:00 am

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Town hall

March 4
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Sir George Simpson School, 50 Grosvenor Blvd.

A resident group is taking public consultation into its own hands when it comes to the potential use of Gloucester Park as a bike skills park site.

Gloucester-area residents Sandra Duban and Don Wilson are spearheading a grassroots group called Save Gloucester Park.

In addition to collecting names for an informal petition, the group is putting on a town hall March 4.

“What we’re looking at is creating an opportunity for everyone in the neighbourhood to come forward and have their say,” Duban said.

They’re hoping to hear from all aspects of the issue, not just those against placing the mountain bike skills park in Gloucester Park.

“We don’t want to be pushing our side of the issue. We want to be able to give both sides the opportunity to respond and do what the original two open houses were supposed to do, which is be a forum to discuss this,” Wilson said.

While the city hosted open houses on the two proposed sites for the bike park – the other option is to put it in Riel – there were no presentations. Duban was disappointed to find St. Albert Bike Association members present and answering questions instead of it being solely city staff.

“The people giving information should not have a bias,” she said.

In contrast, the organizers expect they’ll run an open format where anyone can speak for a limited amount of time. They’ve invited council to attend.

“We’re hoping that this meeting, if nothing else, we’ll get people’s opinions and city council will hear what people have to say,” Wilson said.

Wilson said the Riel site would make more sense, but is generally mystified about why a residential location is on the radar once again after the showdown over the idea of putting it in Liberton Park.

“Let’s put it in an area where it works for both the people of St. Albert and the people who want to use it. Let’s put it in an area that is accessible,” he said.

“It needs to meet the need of all the stakeholders,” Duban said.


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