North College Park Presentation to Highlight Council
Prince George, B.C.- The gallery at the Prince George City Council chamber is expected to be packed this evening as residents of College Heights make a pre-emptive strike to protect North College Park.
The residents have done a lot of legwork, collecting more than 900 signatures and will be calling on Council to prevent the sale of any portion of the park for potential development by granting “dedicated park status to all land in North College Park.”
There is a developer who would like to develop a portion of the park for a 12 unit seniors housing development. While the developer says the project would only utilize one hectare of the 13.86 hectares of the park, the residents have been stead fast in their opposition to the project, citing the park’s use for dog walkers, nature lovers and wildlife.
When the petition was presented to Council last month, Council made it clear there was no development application nor was there any rezoning application in the works. The recently completed Parks Strategy does note the playground equipment in North College Park is to be replaced this year.
The Park Strategy also indicates that in the 4th quarter of this year, the City will look at all parkland in the City and make some decisions about disbursement of surplus parkland so it can be ” repurposed” and the funds from those sales would be put towards other park enhancements or development. It is important to note that there are no parks listed as part of the disbursement discussions and any decisions will be preceded by extensive public consultation.