The Saskatchewan NDP want the provincial government to return public control of Wascana Park.
The call comes after the approved development of the Conexus Credit Union headquarters, along with renovations to the University of Regina.
NDP Leader Ryan Meili said there’s a simple solution to this for the Saskatchewan Party government.
“We want them to stop the advancement of private businesses into the park and to reverse the decision to move this to the provincial capital commission.”
Last week, the City of Regina voted to restrict further commercial development to Wascana Park.
Meili said he commends the City of Regina for this step to prevent future development.
“The City came out and council came out unanimously. They’re angry that this has been taken away. They feel they have the right for decisions within the boundaries of their own city and that’s been taken away.”
Meili said it’s important to also have tripartite talks between the City of Regina, the province and the University for any future issues.
He also wants Provincial Capital Commission meetings to be made public, so that the public can be consulted with in the future.
Meanwhile, the Saskatchewan Party government has put out a response.
Minister for Central Services Ken Cheveldayoff said in a statement:
“In 2017, a new governance model was established for the park. There are no plans to re-establish the former governance model. Wascana Centre has had a Master Plan in place since 1913 to guide developments and uses within the park. The Plan is updated on a regular basis, following comprehensive public input and review. When new developments are approved by the board, attention is directed to ensuring the impact to green space and park use is taken into account and minimized. For example, trees impacted by the Conexus Credit Union project will be transplanted to other parts of the park where possible, or supplemented with three new plantings for each tree removed where relocation is not feasible.”