Posted by: HamptonIona | February 14, 2011

Meeting to Discuss Convent Greenspace: This Wednesday

Kitchissippi resident Amos Hayes will be holding a meeting on Wednesday Feb. 16th at 7pm in the lobby of Hilson Ave. Public School to organize supporters of the plans to acquire the rear section of the former Soeurs de la Visitation convent at 114 Richmond Rd. for use as green space.

The city passed a motion by Councillor Hume giving the Kitchissippi councillor Katherine Hobbs and city staff until the end of March to prepare a report recommending or rejecting the acquisition. There needs to be a huge outpouring of support by residents for this to happen.

This green space provides an opportunity to create a unique park with city-wide appeal. The lands are adjacent to a very significant heritage building which will be accessible to the public for the first time. The heritage home on the site is intended to be a restaurant. New shops, cafes, and services will also be present in adjoining buildings. The entire site is easily accessible to a wide area by walking and bike path along the Byron Linear Park pathway. It could be much more than a typical neighbourhood park. Imagine a multi-generation park with secluded gardens similar to the arboretum, a hedge maze similar to those found at European heritage sites, picnic tables, and a heritage themed play structure for kids, all next to the mature willow tree that would be saved.

This meeting is for people who would like to see the city follow through and are willing to put some energy into making it happen.

For details or to RSVP for the meeting (space is limited) please contact Amos Hayes at 613-265-4489 or ahayes@polkaroo.net

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