Years and years ago most of Charleswood was made up of farm fields and the odd dirt road. It’s a setting you may only see from time to time now if you head outside the Perimeter Highway.
What Charleswood had back then is what a collection of residents are fighting to retain. The group has started a petition to keep Charleswood green.
If we think back to a little more than a decade ago, Charleswood residents have just been connected to St. James courtesy of the Charleswood Bridge.
A few more years and we bid farewell to the Charleswood Golf Course and dig deeper into green space now known as the William R. Clement Parkway, which has brought developers closer to their goal of connecting the road to Kenaston.
If we forget about the transportation goals of developers, our primary use of green space in Charleswood is recreation, whether it be walking, cycling or even the odd game of catch. One member of our community which doesn’t really get a say in how this space is developed is our four-legged friends.
Our green space is what many would call a dog park — and what many people travel for from different parts of the city.
If we look a few blocks down the road we see Ridgewood South, which could see construction of hundreds of new homes in the not too distant future. If those plans come to pass, we could bid farewell to bike and walking paths and space that deer often call home.
Let’s say everything moves ahead as planned. Charleswood sees an increase in traffic, pet owners have to stick to walking on neighbouring streets and the deer that often eats your rose bushes will never be seen again. You may save two or three minutes during your daily commute, but isn’t there something to be said about the peaceful atmosphere that seems to go hand-in-hand with living in Charleswood?
I can assume the dogs, deer, birds and even mosquitoes want the green space to stay. However, it will come down to council and developers to decide how residents will benefit from the changes that are to be made.
If it was solely up to you, which direction would Charleswood head in? A collection of residents recently started a petition to keep Charleswood green. If you’d like more information on what is changing in Charleswood or would like to sign the petition visit www.keepcharleswoodgreen.com.
Travis Mitchell is a community correspondent for Charleswood. Comments and story ideas can be sent to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.