The Member of Parliament for Regina-Wascana says Wascana Park shouldn’t become commercialized.
Ralph Goodale addressed the matter as the second phase of the University of Regina’s College Avenue Campus Renewal Project was shown off to dignitaries earlier this week. Part of the project would see Darke Hall renovated, in partnership with Conexus Credit Union. The matter is a controversial one, with many residents across the city speaking out about their opposition to commercial development in the park.
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“I think it’s very important to have the public consultation, to have the long term plan and to satisfy the public demand for the preservation and protection of the integrity of Wascana Park,” he said.
This, however, isn’t the only project that has been approved for the park, as a new CNIB building will be located in the area as well.
Goodale called the park the “jewel at the heart of Regina.”
“I think it will be important to protect the character and the heritage of Wascana Park and Wascana Lake, to make sure that are clear decision making procedures, that there’s a way for public input to be sought and obtained,” he said.
The comments from Goodale come at the same time as three Regina councillors, Bob Hawkins, Andrew Stevens and Lori Bresciani, look to restrict development in the park as they have asked the city to make their feelings known on the matter. That will be discussed at their August meeting.