WellingtonX has been working hard as you know to respond to the massive Official Plan and Transportation Master Plan drafts. Meanwhile, at the very same time, a proposal has been brought to the Environment, Infrastructure and Transportation Policy Committee to extend the K&P multi-use pathway from Binnington Court up by the 401 to the heart of downtown. This has been fast-tracked to make the sesquicentennial deadline of 2017.
On the face of it, extending the trail is a good idea. However, as we have written in an earlier post, it has risks in that it may potentially open a path for the WSE. Councillor Hutchison, the longest opponent of the WSE amongst us, has been assured this is not a problem, so we have to take him at his word at that and have taken a back seat on discussions of this trail.
However, it has become clear now that what is proposed for the Fluhrer Park section is a THREE METRE WIDE asphalt pathway to replace the current more narrow path. See the report here.
The WellingtonX core folks have no time or energy to go to EITP tonight to fight this (we are still in the throes of the Transportation Master Plan coming to Council next week), so we hand it off to you: do you think this is a good idea? How will you feel when those bulldozers come along? Is this what the greening of Kingston should look like? Tell EITP what you think. Contact councillors Allen, Schell, Hutchison, Neill, Turner, and Stroud today. The meeting is at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers; there will probably not be an occasion for the public to speak other than special delegations that the committee would have to permit with a 2/3 vote.
— Laura Murray