wild space in the city

This wilderness view shows Owen Lake, part of Rockwood Park in the heart of Saint John. Rockwood Park, one of Canada’s largest urban parks, has been in the news lately. The city is considering new housing development along the park’s borders, and local citizens are concerned about losing green space. (For more on that issue, see this excellent Spacing Atlantic overview).

When you look at Saint John, parks and wild areas seem to take up more than half the city. A recent immigrant, quoted in the local paper, said she loves this city because it feels like living in a park. While that is a gift to its citizens, it’s also a burden to a city administration that is already struggling to provide services for a population less than half of what was expected. We need to encourage people to live here, in the city, rather than moving to the outlying communities. Making room for more people in some select areas would boost the tax base and, in turn, help us take care of our public parks and wild places like Owen Lake.

Taken on April 11, 2010

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