I am pleased to bring you an update on the development of the corner of Leila Avenue and Strasbourg Drive in Amber Trails.
Surrounding this corner are new homes with an abundance of walking trails and the new, modern playground that was added in the northeast section in 2012.
This corner was a landfill until 1968 and became a random dumping ground until August of this year. It has begun its beautification process. The goal has been to incorporate this large piece of land into the community as an outdoor space that citizens of all ages can use and cherish.
Most recently, the city’s Water and Waste Department has completed a cleanup of surface debris and regraded the site.
City park designers are now in the process of preparing plans and cost estimates for the various ways the land can be developed. With this land being a former landfill and dumping ground, all forthcoming ideas need to take that into consideration.
City park designers and I look forward to discussing plans at a community meeting with area residents to gather the public’s input on the short and long-term vision and priorities for the site. The goal is to hold this meeting in early 2014, so please keep an eye out for the announcement. Your input is valued — after all, it is you and your families who will use this space.
I have always felt it is a priority, as your city councillor, to improve recreational opportunities in our ward. Now more than ever, having an outdoor space to be active, which is close to home, is what we and future generations need. I look forward to impromptu games between children being played as well as organized sports. We are creating a space that can be used all year round by everyone. Together, we will
accomplish the dreams of our neighborhood.
If you are interested in talking further about this green space or any other matter, please call or email me anytime. Also, for your convenience you may visit my community office right in the ward at 646 Leila Ave.