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I write to you as a member of the Little Mountain Park Pet Owners Group – the people who daily use LMP to exercise their dogs safely and pleasantly off-leash - because you have shown yourselves to be allies of LMP- since it is an “orphan” in the City of Winnipeg geography.

 

I see that the issue of signage regarding the separation of the leash/off-leash areas is on the council’s agenda, at the behest of the Assiniboia Community Committee.

 

Instead of re-signing LMP according to the existing by-laws, which are not enforceable by the City in Rosser RM, I ask that you seriously consider our long standing request: that Little Mountain Park be recognized as an all off leash facility – in recognition of:

  1.  The demographic of the majority of users – people who want to enjoy the Park with their dogs off-leash;
  2. The fact that the wooded trails provide protection from severe weather for exercising their off-leash dogs
  3. The fact that for many people with minor mobility issues, for whom walking on icy sidewalks in their neighbourhood with their dogs, the off-leash trails provide a safe site to exercise their dogs and themselves.
  4. That instead of asserting by-laws that are – in practice – not observed, nor enforceable at this time, acknowledge the Park as an off-leash haven.
  5. In light of the fact that there are 380 other parks for people who do not like dogs to use, in light of the fact that an acknowledged all off leash LMP still welcomes all citizens; in light of the fact that the most dedicated daily users also clean up the Park, educate dog owners and generally self-regulate themselves, please persuade council that Winnipeg deserves and can manage one all off-leash Park- and LMP is the best choice for one.

 

I look forward to your response.

 

 https://youtu.be/Znj2I1ccabs council meeting time frame about LMP is 1.20.37 to 1.24.57 .

From the Parks people

Good to see, MPI is providing signage to remind people to lock their doors and not leave belongings in plain sight and the Winnipeg police are looking at putting in cameras as well.

http://clkapps.winnipeg.ca/DMIS/ViewDoc.asp?DocId=20794&SectionId=594095&InitUrl=

 
Subject: Article in the Lance by Michele Kading re City Planning Documents

City planners recently tabled OurWinnipeg 2045 and Complete Communities 2.0 with city council. These two documents will guide development in Winnipeg for the next decade or more.


Public consultation on the plan began in 2017. Save Our Seine and OURS-Winnipeg were excited to participate in the process. Together, we organized a forum to gather feedback and ideas from greenspace advocates from across the city. Approximately 60 people from grassroots groups attended the Greenspaces Matter forum on Nov. 23, 2017.

 


The participants had a lot in common. They were passionate about urban forests, prairie, rivers, and wetlands in their neighbourhoods. They had attended open houses held by developers. They had summoned the courage to speak up at formal public hearings. They all exhibited similar battle scars - frustration, disappointment, and cynicism.


Such is the nature of public consultation. Too often, participants feel like open houses and stakeholder meetings are a waste of time. Developers are required to consult with the public and to submit reports detailing their consultation efforts. Check. They are not required to listen or address the concerns that are raised.


The people at the forum shared a glimmer of hope that the Our Winnipeg consultation would be different. Winnipeg had a new office of public engagement. The consultation was being city-led. There was even a community advisory committee to provide their perspectives throughout the process.


Unfortunately, no one from a greenspace advocacy group was selected to sit on this committee. When the draft plan was released last August, something important was missing - the perspective of greenspace advocates.


These groups had to scramble to review and comment on plans that had been almost three years in the making. The city planners were keen to have our feedback. They even extended the deadline from a few days to a few weeks to give us more time to make comments. But time was very limited to make any significant changes to the plans.


The final draft was recently tabled with city council. There is still one major stumbling block. The plan paves the way for city-owned greenspaces to be converted to housing. The city hopes we will support the plan at the forthcoming public hearing.


This might have been possible if the public engagement had been more collaborative. The stumbling block would have been identified earlier, and addressed. But for that, we needed to have a seat at the table. 

Michele Kading is a community correspondent for St. Vital and the executive

 
 
 
 
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We have two more break-ins at the park today in the North parking lot between 1300 and 1430. The City and R.M. have been notifies. Please do not leave any valuables in plain sight.

 

We had another car broken into the other day in the Framers road lot around noon. The R.C.M.P. , parks people and the R.M. have all been notified. The situation is getting worse. I asking the question on the why's. Is it meth related with supplies drying up, COVID related with less people around thieves are forced further out and parks are easy targets, is it from the new business developments around the park ? There is a increase in van traffic and it only takes a second to do a smash and grab! 

Please don't bring any valuables to the park. I have asked about camera's being installed in the three parking areas. At least people and plates could be recorded.

Some A-hole set a bonfire right in the middle of the Quarry trail just down from the clubhouse. the city has been informed .

Enjoy the walk these days with all the Hoar Frost in the trees .

Please be aware that the RCMP have been called to the park about car break-ins that have been happening in both parking lots in the middle of the day. The Klimpkie lot has always been bad for that.  Don't leave any valuables in your car it only takes a second to smash and grab.