Mayoral candidate Katherine McKechnie has vowed to make Ottawa “the greenest, healthiest and most connected city in the country” and, if elected, will work to transform the capital’s Greenbelt into a national urban park. I promised.
“Ottawa’s greenbelt is the largest publicly owned greenbelt in the world, but the greenbelt here is often under threat of development,” McKennie said Tuesday at the entrance to the Pinhay Forest Walking Trail near the Nepean Sportsplex. said at a press conference held in
McKennie (using the they/them pronouns) pledged to work with the National Capital Board, Canadian Parks Parks, and elected officials “at all levels of government” to create the park.
“The Greenbelt envelops our city and is accessible to everyone,” said McKechnie. “Transforming the Greenbelt into a National Urban Park will help us be environmentally responsible, protect our farmlands and ensure that the trails, ski trails and green spaces you enjoy today will last forever for you and your family. .”
The horseshoe-shaped capital Greenbelt surrounds central Ottawa with 200 square kilometers of forests, farmlands, bushes and swamps. It was established as part of urban designer Jacques Greber’s 1950 Capital Plan, which was intended to confine development within the Greenbelt and limit urban sprawl.
Critics say that development has only exacerbated the problem of sprawl since it jumped over Greenbelt, continuing unabated in Barrhaven, Orléans, and Kanata. and increased the cost of bringing urban services such as sewage and water to far-flung developments.
“We know we need to protect the green spaces in this city,” said McKechnie. “This is a sure way to stop the natural loss of the city and it is an important part of climate action.”
“This is a unique opportunity to take advantage of federal programs to establish national urban parks.”
In 2021, the federal government will establish national urban parks as part of its commitment to protect 25% of land and inland waters and 25% of oceans and coasts by 2025, increasing to 30% by 2030 announced a $130 million fund for .
The proposed national urban park will benefit the city’s tourism industry and help attract new people to the capital, McKechnie said.
“Improved quality of life and access to outdoor recreation and nature are key factors in the decision to move to Ottawa.”
McKennie has another climate action plan announcement on Thursday, followed by a “climate rally” on Friday.
Mark Sutcliffe, one of McKennie’s competitors for the mayoral chair, described the park plan as “a recycled idea, It does not meaningfully address the problems facing the Ottawa environment. “
Greenbelt is state property and not the city’s responsibility, he said.
“There is no doubt that we must protect the greenbelt and ensure that development is sustained. Sutcliffe said in a statement to McKennie’s announcement. “But taking a designated green space and calling it something new is not serious climate leadership.”
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Sutcliffe’s own climate action plan, announced in August, includes planting one million trees over the next four years, installing more charging stations for electric cars and e-bikes, and working with the NCC to develop skis and bikes. More than 25 points are included, including further development and integration of Hiking trails in the city.
Canada’s first national urban park was created along the Rouge River in Toronto. Parks Canada has been involved in the management and expansion of Rouge National Urban Park since 2011. Covering 79 square kilometers of rugged terrain, it has hiking trails and campgrounds from Lake Ontario to the Oak Ridge Moraine north. The park is accessible by transport and is free to use.
McKennie pitches converting Greenbelt into National City Park
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