The greenspace at Lansdowne Park is well-used and well-loved by residents. Whether it’s sledding on the hill in the winter or picnics on the lawn in the summer, residents of Ottawa have shown their appreciation for the relatively small amount of usable greenspace at Lansdowne. We need to preserve greenspace and we shouldn’t have to trade 58,000 square feet of accessible greenspace for an event centre.
Should the new event centre be built into the hill and great lawn, then it either needs a green roof that will be accessible to the public, or we must find more space on site to expand remaining greenspace—this could include expanding the great lawn to incorporate the South Court beside Aberdeen Pavillion.
If more people will be living, working and playing at Lansdowne, they will need more greenspace, not less.