City of Powell River has no contractors willing to bid after two separate requests for the pocket park project at the corner of Alberni Street and Marine Avenue [“Quick Peak: Contractors pass on park,” August 2]. It is time for council to rethink and review the need/benefits of this project and seriously consider project cancellation.
The pocket park would be 50 feet away diagonally from the most desirable municipal park on the Sunshine Coast, Willingdon Beach, not centrally located in the Marine business section.
In a major zoning plan review completed just before current council’s new term, the lot was zoned for retail/condo/apartment, which made the lot a prime location, primarily when one considers the condition of adjacent commercial buildings on Marine.
The pocket park’s proposed location is a sidewalk away from one of the busiest traffic intersections in the city.
Costs will likely exceed the city’s project budget.
Green spaces in large urban cities are a welcome change from thousands of miles of concrete and pavement, which is fortunately not the case in Powell River. We have an abundance of green belts and parks.
There are better ways to spend $200,000 to revitalize the downtown core.