Parkview 6-2 and Colonial Park East 2 will be spruced up by the City with the addition of walking trails, planting of trees and shrubs and installation of park entrance gates.
The subdivisions were developed by the City and sold to residents with the expectation of developing the park spaces in the area. The project was initially intended to be completed a year ago, however Mayor Gerald Aalbers says the economy delayed those plans.
“One of the challenges we felt was the economic slowdown, had we not saw the economic slowdown we wouldn’t be having this discussion because that would of been long done and we’d be moving on to new lots, but because of the economic slowdown somethings were pulled back.”
The project is expected to cost $903,000.00, which was approved in the 2018 City budget. The costs will go towards enhancing curb appeal that could see properties in the neighbourhood increase in value. Aalbers says that the money spent by the City won’t be put to waste.
“We’re using money that has been procured through the development process from land sales to pay for that. We need to ensure that we’re not putting good money after bad, that we are in an area that’s not going to be damaged by future development.”
The City will continue to discuss the amount of work and upgrades that are necessary for the subdivisions in Council.