The grass sure is growing slowly on Gordon Bell High School’s field of dreams.
I checked back, and it was Dec. 8 of 2009 that I first reported that Education Minister Nancy Allan would be in the school gym that morning to announce the project was a go.
The province was spending $5.3 million to acquire the former car dealership next door on Portage Avenue and convert it into a green space/athletic field for the inner city grades 7-12 school.
Winnipeg School Division would take ownership Jan. 8.
And ever since, WSD has been developing plans to develop plans to consider planning for public consultation on what should be built there.
I’m paraphrasing former Ontario premier Bill Davis, who liked to defer questions with, "We have no plans to have plans." But I digress.....
This morning, officials with the school division told me that consultation with the public will take place sometime this fall, but "specific date(s) has/have not yet been established".
So, there, breaking news, and now you’re in the know and totally on top of everything you need to know.
It means that there won’t be anything on that property for Gordon Bell students until the fall of 2011 at the earliest. And that’s if decisions are made over next winter and the shovels go in the ground come the thaw next spring.
We’ve run umpteen stories about what will or won’t fit on that site, reports galore from the division and city hall and the University of Winnipeg. People at U of W believe that a soccer pitch and some bleachers can fit there under certain configurations, and they’d like to play varsity soccer at Gordon Bell.
We’ll let you know when and where WSD decides to hold public consultation.
Gosh, I wonder if it’ll be prior to the school board election in late October?