City wants input on future of Centennial Park

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The City of Wetaskiwin wants to know what Wetaskiwin residents would like to see done at Centennial Park.

Located next to Hwy. 2A and Centennial Drive, redistricting Centennial Park was identified in the recently completed Business Mix and Gap Analysis as an area that could be redistricted, declared as surplus and sold for business development.

If redistricted and sold, the entire greenspace or a portion thereof would be transformed into a commercial or mixed use — commercial and residential — development.

“The City has heard loud and clear that economic growth remains a priority for Wetaskiwin residents and businesses, which is why we are considering redistricting and selling this under-utilized green space” said City Manager Sue Howard. “We understand that greenspaces are also important to our community and continue to beautify and invest in our many well-used parks and outdoor areas for everyone to enjoy.”

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To find out which option people would prefer, the City is asking residents to participate in a survey on the City’s online engagement platform from not until April 11.

City staff will then present a report to Council at the April 26 meeting and share the results of the survey on haveyoursay.wetaskiwin.ca.

As Centennial Park is currently designated Municipal Reserve, a public hearing will be required in order to remove that designation and any proceeds from the sale would have to be spent on other City park projects.

If the City is considering redistricting, community members will be able to speak to the project as part of the public hearing process.

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