37th and Oak process

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I would like to know more about the 37th and Oak development process. Who exactly are the people with the power to make the final decision on the design of the park? Besides public opinion, what are the main considerations driving their final descision? Are there groups other than VUL and the French School actively lobbying to have their interests represented in the park design? If anyone has insights, please share.

The Parks Board makes the decision. Here's a link copied from other posts in these forums, which also mentions some of the other stakeholders.


mmmm... I guess I am trying to get a feel for the criteria, points of view, attitudes etc that do not support the VUL's desire to have more fields at this location. The opposition does not seem to be strongly represented in any obvious way... so what/who are we up against?

I would like to stress that this is not an "Us versus Them" situation. We are in an ongoing public process, and the VUL has always wanted to ensure that every interested party gets involved in the planning of this site. Represented at this process are not just fields oriented groups (in particular, of course the VUL), but also all of the other stakeholders: Neighbours are hugely important, habitat or environmental groups concerned about the impact of losing a piece of natural-ish ground, the Conseil Scolaire, Van Dusen Gardens etc etc

Ultimately the VUL has attempted to approach this in the same way that we approach ultimate, trying to deal with everybody from a position of respect. We will show respect to the outcome that the Parks Board decides on, after they take into account the needs of all of the various user groups. It is the hope of the league that the process does not turn adversarial - after all we have to deal with the Parks Board every day of the year, and want to keep our very good reputation with them. The way we have approached this public process has only served to enhance that reputation so far.

Civic elections in November. A little stick with a carrot is never a bad thing.