You can have your say today on West Park redevelopment plans

City council is coming to your neighbourhood, led by city Councillor Paul Harris, who wants to get your input regarding the West Park redevelopment proposals.

City council is coming to your neighbourhood, led by city Councillor Paul Harris, who wants to get your input regarding the West Park redevelopment proposals.

The information meeting is at the West Park Activity Centre 3811 57th Ave. between 4 and 8 p.m. today.

Harris has said come out because he wants to start it right away.

So be forewarned, if you do not like something let them know by attending the meeting or go online and tell them at www.reddeer.ca/westpark.

If you don’t, you are going to get what council thinks you should have.

There are about 15 major proposals and I am sure that many will improve the area.

I lived in West Park for many years and always loved it.

I live nearby now and do not want to comment on anything but the proposal regarding main roads as this applies to many other areas and roads in Red Deer.

The main thing that needs to be stopped is anything that will slow or hamper traffic on 55th and 57th Avenues.

The worst are those nice concrete barriers called calmings, and anything you set on top of them. I am not sure what they want to slow as both 55th and 57th are 30 km/h most of the way now because of school and playground zones.

Do not hamper the line of sight of drivers who may not see that child or senior citizen because of trees or shrubbery.

They want to add bike lanes on top of the calmings, which will kill more on-street parking, especially now that secondary suites are a reality.

Either widen the sidewalks and trails or have the bikes ride on the road like they have done forever (share the road).

If the citizens of Red Deer don’t stop this traffic slowing by telling council how they feel about it, and tell them the direction they want is to get Red Deer moving again, then we deserve what we have now.

On another note: If the city really wanted to get green fast, not just one bike or walker at a time but really fast, just time the traffic lights.

Chuck Grote

Red Deer

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