Council turns down request to build parking lot on parkland

Township council has turned down a request for the development of a temporary parking lot at the King Street Park in Beaverton during construction of a new public school.

A letter from Robert Ferkul of Moffatt and Duncan Architects Inc. outlining the request was discussed at Monday’s (March 11) meeting of the public works and facilities committee.

The village’s two schools – Beaverton and Thorah Central – will be consolidated and closed following construction of the new facility, which is expected to open in September of 2020.

“As you may know, Beaverton Public School will remain in operation during the construction of the new school. In order to allow the school to operate during construction, there is a need to maximize the available site space to school staff and students. The temporary lot would provide parking for construction staff during construction of the school and then would provide parking for School Staff while the site work is completed,” the letter reads.

The proposal would have included placing 30 centimetres of gravel (nearly one foot) over a section of grass, as well as the existing tennis courts.

Instead, council has directed staff to work with the firm to help arrange alternate arrangements.

“I can’t support putting a parking lot on one of our parks,” said Ward 1 Councillor Mike Jubb.

“The tennis courts get used frequently in the spring, summer and fall,” noted Ward 2 Councillor Claire Doble.

Ward 3 Councillor Walter Schummer and Regional Councillor Ted Smith both suggested that parking could be accommodated off-site.

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