Apr 30, 2012- 2:26 PM
Most of us acknowledge the ever-increasing degradation of the natural environment in which humans have no choice but to live.
Eighty per cent of North Americans now live in cities. Many of those people rarely see the countryside, let alone wilderness. The CBC recently reported that researchers have identified what they call Nature Deficit Disorder. We need green spaces in our cities or we become troglodytes.
One of the City of Greater Sudbury’s defining physical characteristics is that it is built around several lakes, most notably and centrally Ramsey Lake. Dalron Construction has made an application to the city to build 192 houses in the Minnow Lake area between Howey Drive and Ramsey Lake.
In question is the fate of the only undeveloped land remaining on the city side edge of the lake. It’s already an unofficial park, a natural supplement of Bell Park.
Aside from the considerations of population density, drainage, water supply, noise pollution, especially during the construction years (but also after construction), existing housing expropriation, traffic congestion and unpopular use of taxpayers’ money, to saturate this lovely woodland with housing would make it permanently unavailable for any future enjoyment by the citizens of Sudbury, particularly the thousands who live in adjacent neighbourhoods.
As such, it would constitute an abrogation of care for quality of life values for today and for the future.
It’s quiet in there. A place to find piece of mind, relax, take a breath, think things over. A network of old trails run through it, taking natural paths of least resistance.
The trees, many of which are well on the way to growing large and stately, are home to birds and squirrels and other life forms, and all of this within walking distance of the downtown core. The best view of Ramsey Lake anywhere is up there.
This proposal would forever restrict it to a few expensive and exclusive backyards.
Our current city council needs to make the right decision regarding this application. It’s worth repeating that this place is already a park, and should remain a park.
The housing Sudbury needs can be built somewhere not so central, not so unique, and not so potentially important to future generations of Sudburians.
Posted by Vivian Scinto