Update on 1915 Retallack motion

Here's an update on the 1915 Retallack Street park development motion.

At the November 28 meeting of Council, I introduced a motion that would assess the feasibility of developing the former school site at 1915 Retallack, with special consideration given to a skate park and splash pad. The original motion can be found below. A report was to be submitted to the Community and Protective Services Committee in Q1 of 2017. Councillor Bob Hawkins moved that the motion be referred to the Recreation Master Plan process. Although I am eager to see this plot of land improved beyond its current state, it's important that recommendations follow the guidelines that will appear in Regina's revised recreational plan.

In the meantime, I encourage residents to send your thoughts to Council and the Mayor regarding what you would like to see done with this land, centred in an historic part of the city.

Original motion:

Please be advised that I will submit the following MOTION at the November 28, 2016 meeting of City Council.

Re:  1915 Retallack Street – former Victoria Campus School Site

WHEREAS the site of the former Victoria Campus School at 1915 Retallack is situated in the middle of a residential neighbourhood; and

WHEREAS the current site includes playground equipment and a dirt field and is already being used by the community as a park; and

WHEREAS development of park space on this site has the potential to fulfill various objectives of the Official Community Plan (OCP), specifically the realization of complete neighbourhoods; and

WHEREAS the OCP recognizes that parks and recreation space affects Regina citizens’ quality of life.

THEREFORE be it resolved that the Administration provide a report to the Community and Protective Services Committee in the first quarter of 2017 that examines the feasibility of developing this site into a park and that consideration for a satellite skate park and splash pad is identified in the assessment.

Respectfully submitted,

Andrew Stevens

Councillor Ward 3