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LETTER: City parks should not be just for 'select groups'

Community gardens are a 'commendable initiative' but they would lead to restricting public access to our parks, letter writer warns
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Over the years, there has been a community garden in a small park just off High Street. The city is exploring the idea of creating community gardens at two city parks. Dave Dawson/OrilliaMatters File Photo

OrilliaMatters welcomes letters to the editor at [email protected]. Please include your daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication).The following is an open letter to mayor and council in response to the article about the city exploring the idea of creating community gardens in two local parks.

Parks are for the whole community not a select group that will then apply for exclusive use of a portion of a public park for their garden.

As mentioned, Lakehead community garden was oversubscribed. Lakehead is not a public park. If there is a need for expanding the garden there, perhaps do so.

A commendable initiative but it leads to restricting public access. Fences will likely be erected and access controlled.

Take a look at the 'community gardens' in High Park in Toronto. They have become recurring 'leases' on public land. We should not do the same here.

Phil Tweedie