Save Centennial Park

The premier family park and playground in Duncan

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This may be your last chance to save Centennial Park.

City council meets Dec 13 at 6:00 pm. to decide on a land swap that will reduce the green and open space of Centennial Park.

We want council to say “NO” to a 6 story building on park land and “NO” to more parking and more roads on park land.

Now is the time to voice your opposition by writing or speaking.

Only if we all speak up will Council say “NO” to the land swap.

To send your written opposition: email monika@duncan.ca by 12:00 noon on Friday December 10, 2021. Email comments sent after that time but before 5:00 PM on December 13, 2021 will be submitted for public record during the meeting.

To register to speak on zoom and voice your opposition you must email: duncan@duncan.ca in order to be added to the speaker’s list. You will then be provided with the Zoom meeting connection details..

Plan to attend the meeting on Dec 13 at 6:00 PM

Over 1500 people have signed the petition “People for the Park”. Let’s continue our effort to save the park.

Click here for details on the Meeting on Dec 13th

Save Centennial Park in Duncan BC

The Issue

A proposed 6 story building, new access road and 25 new parking stalls threaten the ambience, nature, character and green space of Centennial Park in Duncan BC.

City of Duncan Core Value (from the 2020 annual report): “We value green space and urban forests.”

Centennial Park is a well used city park with opportunities to play, socialize, exercise and participate in community events.

The park features a water park, play structures for children, tennis courts, basketball court, exercise equipment, a 500-metre trail for walking, running, wheelchairs & strollers, lawn bowling, and fully covered picnic tables and cob oven.

There are also grassy areas for picnics and get-togethers, for children to run and play and for teens to hang out. School and community groups also utilize the green spaces.

Centennial Park will look, feel and be very different

There will be pavement where grass used to grow, less park and less green space if City Council agrees to trade parkland in order to build:

  • An imposing 6 story, 133 unit building jutting out into the parkland
  • A new access road for vehicle traffic through green space &
  • 25 new parking stalls on the green space of the park

The urban area around the Centennial Park is zoned high density. There will be many more families with no backyards and no places for children to play. Today’s families and tomorrow’s future residents will need all the green space and parkland that we have, not less.

The City of Duncan website states:

“The City of Duncan takes great pride in its parks. Green spaces promote healthy living and a sense of place and community.” City Councillors can adhere to the values they profess towards public parks by voting “NO” to using Centennial Park for development.

Request to City Council:

We the people are asking City Council to preserve and protect Centennial Park as it is for today’s and tomorrow’s families and for the generations to come.

We the people vote ‘NO” to the use of Centennial Park green space for a building, an access road and parking stalls.

We the people are asking City Council NOT to establish the precedent of providing public parkland for development.

We the people are asking City Councillors to see the BIGGER picture and consider the future needs of Duncan’s increasing population and to vote “NO” to using Centennial Park for development.

Speak up for the families of today and for the generations of families to come.

Speak up to protect and preserve Centennial Park. Click on the email icon below to send this letter to the Mayor and City Councillors telling them to vote “NO” to using Centennial Park for development. Go to www.change.org and sign our online petition. Help us spread the word. Copy our URL and share it with friends and family and on social media. Tag your posts with #savecentennialpark. If you prefer, you can copy, paste and email the letter via your online email service.

Speak up to protect and preserve Centennial Park

Email City Council

Click on the button below to send this letter to the Mayor and City Councillors telling them to vote “NO” to using Centennial Park for development.

Sign the Petition

Please go to change.org and sign our on-line petition. 235 people have already signed it. Please help us get to 500 signatures!

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Help us spread the word. Copy our URL https://savecentennialpark.ca/ and share it with friends and family and on social media. Tag your posts with #savecentennialpark

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Write to Duncan, BC City Councilors

If you prefer, you can copy and paste the emails and the letter and send it via your online email service.

mayor@duncan.ca,bbrooke@duncan.ca,gbruce@duncan.ca,jcapps@duncan.ca,tomduncan@duncan.ca,smiddlemiss@duncan.ca,cnewington@duncan.ca

From the city of Duncan’s website:

  • “The City of Duncan takes great pride in its parks”.

From the Official Community Plan:

  • “To provide public open space to minimize the impact of increased density”.
  • “To provide a variety of parks, open spaces, and recreational facilities to meet existing and future active, healthy lifestyles”

Parks nourish people. Parks are where people gather and generations connect, share food, picnic and socialize. Parks are places where people of all ages play, laugh, run, chase and throw. Parks are good for people’s social, psychological, emotional and physical health.

Centennial Park will look, feel and be very different if City Council agrees to trade park land for lawn bowling land so that Duncan Housing Society can build:

  • An imposing 6 storey, 133 unit building that juts out into the park
  • A new access road for vehicle traffic &
  • New parking stalls (approximately 25)

There will be:

  • Less park, less green space and less sun because there will be an imposing 6 story building and a paved road and parking stalls where grass used to grow

We the people don’t want the city to trade public park land that citizens of Duncan are able to enjoy.

We the people want the city to own, protect and preserve Centennial Park because:

  • The area is zoned for high density. The whole area east of Centennial Park to Jubilee and from 1st street to Whyte road is zoned high density. That means hundreds if not thousands more individuals, families and children moving into the area in the coming years who will need all the green space and parkland that we have, not less.
  • Future City Councils might want to expand and reconfigure the park to provide more greenspace for the increasing population.
  • Future City Councils will have no options available for expansion if this parkland is traded to and owned by Duncan Housing Society.

We the people are asking City Council to NOT establish the precedent of providing and using public parkland for development.

We the people are asking City Councillors to see the BIGGER picture and consider seriously the future needs of Duncan’s increasing population and how they want Duncan to develop, look and feel.

We the people are asking City Council to PRESERVE and PROTECT Centennial Park as it is for today’s and tomorrow’s families, children and the people of Duncan and the Cowichan Valley.

We the people vote “NO” to the use of Centennial Park greenspace for a building, an access road and parking stalls.

We the people are asking city council to vote “NO”to using Centennial Park for development. We the people are asking City Council and the Duncan Housing Society to vigorously explore all options including:

  • Sources of funds (Federal, Provincial, Regional, Municipal, Public-Private Partnerships) to purchase land.

Signed,

We, the people for the park

About Centennial Park

Located at 325 First Street, Centennial Park is a well used and safe City park with opportunities to play, socialize, exercise and participate in community events.

As well, it is a public green space that demonstrates responsible stewardship through restoration activities and interpretation of natural features. Centennial Park was a centennial project for 1967. The park features a water spray park, play structures for children, tennis courts, basketball court, exercise equipment, a 500 metre trail for walking, running, wheelchairs, & strollers, fully covered picnic area and lawn bowling.

Source: The City of Duncan website

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