Ideas sought for green space in heart of Maple Ridge

  • May. 12, 2011 3:00 p.m.
What should happen to that postage-size piece of green next to the Zellers parking lot and the leisure centre in the downtown?

What should happen to that postage-size piece of green next to the Zellers parking lot and the leisure centre in the downtown?

What should happen to that postage-size piece of green next to the Zellers parking lot and the leisure centre in the downtown?

The District of Maple Ridge wants to know and wants to hear your views at an open house May 16.

Starting at 7 p.m. in the second floor of the Maple Ridge library, people can drop by and give their ideas about the three-quarter-acre-sized parcel worth just more than a million dollars.

Residents, business owners, community groups and special events organizers are all invited to offer their views.

The district had previously invited proposals to buy and develop the property in 2007, but didn’t like any of the ideas.

Originally, the parcel was supposed to have a hotel as part of the public-private-partnership project that saw the construction of the office tower and Arts Centre Theatre.

Two options will be presented at the open house – either maintaining the spot as public space for a variety of community events or have some mixed-use development that would fit in with Memorial Peace Park.

If people can’t get to the meeting, they can take part in an online survey at http://www.mapleridge.ca/EN/topnav/whatsnew/whatsnew/open_house_park.html.

A second open house on a new neighbourhood park at 222nd Street and Church Avenue, just north of Dewdney Trunk Road, takes place Wednesday, May 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Maple Ridge municipal hall.

A concept plan for the new park has been prepared and the district wants to hear what people think about it before it moves to the next stage.

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