Talking with residents of ward 9 has emphasized the importance of having great parks in the city that are available to everyone. However, some residents who border Rockway Golf Course described to me growing up using areas of it as a playground and winter sledding hill. They are disappointed that it is much less accessible as park space now.
Of course, ward 9 is fortunate to have the lovely Victoria Park in our boundaries. With its splash pad, playground, commons area, trails, and lake, it is truly a wonderful community asset. But that does not negate the importance of having many, smaller community green spaces. I've seen many of these spaces designed well throughout our ward, such as Gildner Green and Homewood Green. These smaller 'pocket parks' are important and welcomed neighbourhood assets.
Small parks may offer a model for neighbourhoods around Rockway Golf Course. It is important that we offer a wide variety of green spaces throughout our ward and city. This article I read recently highlights the importance of such spaces to the health and well-being of neighbours. It also suggests that many of these amenities can be implemented quickly and easily at relatively low costs.
An inclusive city improves walkability, accessibility, and provides great outdoor amenities for all of its citizens. Creating more green spaces throughout our ward and ensuring access to them is one way I would promote inclusivity as councilor.