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Letter: Kin Kanyon and Rotary Park highly used in Red Deer

I wish to ensure the residents of Red Deer are aware that the area north of 32 St. and West of Spruce Drive commonly referred to as Kin Kanyon and Rotary Park are zoned as Environmental Preservation and Parks and Recreation Districts.

A concern was expressed about the potential development of this area into multi-family uses because it was claimed this area is zoned R3-Residential (Multiple Family) District. This is categorically false.

This area is zoned into two land use categories; the area between 32 St. and 43 St., Piper Creek and Spruce Drive, is zoned A2-Environmental Preservation District and P1-Parks and Recreation District except for ten parcels on the west side of Spruce Drive zoned R1-Residential (Low Density) District.

The development of this land into another use other than its current use is inconceivable. I believe the majority of, if not all, citizens of the City of Red Deer would not accept any part of Kin Kanyon or Rotary Park be developed into any other use than its current use.

Kin Kanyon and Rotary Park are two parks that are among the highly used in Red Deer and they are a significant part of the Devonian Trails that link several parks areas along Waskasoo Creek and Piper Creek from the Red Deer River to the Oxbow Off-Leash Dog Park.

We need to advocate for the preservation of as much of our natural area as reasonably possible. I believe that COVID has shown our natural areas have been most beneficial in maintaining our sanity during the past 12 months.

Myron Chilibeck, Red Deer

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