REPORTING · 4th January 2013
During the Budget presentations on Tuesday, December 12th, Martin Gould, the Head of Kitimat Leisure Services reported on the removal and replacement of one of Kitimat's many parks.
“On Stikine Street, there was a park built. The land was owned by a group of people in town, it was right in the middle of those quad condos on Stikine/Wadeen street. The land was leased back to those people for essentially a dollar a year and they were more than happier to do this,” said Gould.
They were more than happier to do this. However, there was an understanding the playground would have to be removed if they ever wanted to develop the land. They also did not pay taxes on this land.
“They sold the property last year,” said Gould. “The conglomerate who bought the property out of Calgary, they want to develop the land next eyar. That’s their goal. They continue to carry on the agreement there that if they receive no tax, we can keep it as park space. But then again, when they move forward with development, we’re going to have to remove the park.”
Gould stated they believe this is an important park for the area because there are a number of low income people who use the park. The District is going to have to move the park to another part of this area. They will pull it out when the project goes ahead. The developers wanted to do the construction in 2012 but they chose not to.
Gould explained the Leisure Services Department has already identified location for a new park. It will cost $45,000 for removal and replacement.
“It’s a small park, but it’s well used,” said Gould.
The next closest park is on Yukon Street.