In this increasingly dense downtown area with more of our residents living in high-rise buildings open space is critical. Not only do parks provide a needed place to find tranquility from the busy city, studies show that in urban environments, trees and green areas can yield a host of benefits including: providing shade, reducing storm water runoff, improving air quality, reducing electricity use, and improving residents’ health and quality of life.
ABCRA expects and advocates for:
Existing parks to be better maintained.
New parks and green space to be added in proportion to new residential units being approved.
Park Levies and Section 37 development fees to be directed to improvements to the public space in the area of the development.
New developments to contribute responsibly beyond what City rules require to the public space in the neighbourhood.
Tree canopy to be sustained and re-planted.