To the editor,
There have been a number of apartment complexes erected in the northern part of Nanaimo over the last couple of years. More high-density accommodation is planned for the Green Thumb property.
Also, a rezoning application has been made which would allow for housing development on a large area of what is currently agricultural reserve land, bordering on the municipality. Part of that land is currently a hay field surrounded by trees, with a view of the mountains.
The population on this side of Nanaimo is growing rapidly and green space is simultaneously disappearing.
I urge the municipality, perhaps in co-operation with the regional district, to identify, purchase and set aside a good-sized area for parkland. Even if there are no funds to develop the park at present, setting the land aside can only enhance the quality of life of future generations.
Readers will recall that Muffeo Sutton Park is on an area that had been slated for housing development. Happily, it was saved from that fate and has become a well-used asset to the city.
Carol Oosthuizen, Nanaimo
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