Alta Vista residents opposed to 

RMOW, neighbourhood visions for Lakeside Park hinge on commercial tour operators

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“Families want to go somewhere it’s quiet, where you can read a book and not have dogs trampling over you, or people kicking balls around like you see in Rainbow Park. The park is just not that big for that, even with changes to the property.”

Residents also support concepts that might include a tennis court, basketball court, floating dock, barbecues, more green space, washroom facilities, and changes to access and parking — providing there’s no commercial aspect to the park.

“It just seems like they’ve made up their mind on (adding a commercial concession at Lakeside) without talking to residents,” said Seifred. “I would like to have seen one option in the Master Plan that didn’t have a commercial operator in there, just one, and then I’d know we were at least being listened to.”

Brent Murdoch, of Murdoch and Company Architecture and Planning, put together the draft park options showcased at the open house. He says the commercial aspect was included in the project from the beginning at the direction of the municipality, after evaluating seven different options during the Alta Lake Commercial Access-Evaluation process. Lakeside Park was identified as one of the strongest candidates, along with Rainbow and Wayside parks.

But while the commercial aspect was decided by the municipality, the different layout options for the area were designed entirely with feedback from the community.

Those options will be open for public review and comment this fall, and there will be a second online survey to determine what aspects people would like to see incorporated from the different plans presented. “It’s à la carte — choose what you want from the different options,” he said.

When it comes to the final plan, Murdoch is confident it will represent all interests.

“We talked to a wide range of people, locals, weekenders, and visitors to the community, the commercial operations, to get their thoughts on water access, access to the community, and really moved into the design process from there,” he said. “What we saw was there was a need for new park spaces, and for recreation as well. For example there’s no hard surface there, there’s nowhere in Alta Vista for tennis, basketball, skateboarding, and so forth.

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