By Julia Kollek
Published May 17, 2010
I'm horrified to read that Councillor Powers (and Councillor Whitehead who doesn't live in Dundas) have decided that the Olympic Park soccer field would be the ideal place for the Pan Am Velodrome.
There are many flaws with this idea.
The field is close to wildlife, including Blue Herons, that live on Lake Jojo (best seen from the top of York Road). A velodrome and the inevitable increase in traffic will disrupt nature, which is so important to Dundas
National Cycling Centre, Manchester, England
The National Cycling Centre in Manchester (mentioned as a model and pictured above) is wonderful - but structurally it's a giant curved building with parking; Olympic Park is a field with trees.
As a city, we're committed to retaining permeable surfaces that naturally drain rainwater. This takes the pressure off our already burdened city water system. Paving more than two acres of a field does not achieve this
I, and other members of Protect Our Dundas, just spent many volunteer months of meetings & fund-raising - not to mention four weeks at an Ontario Municipal Board hearing - to stop four self-storage buildings going up just down the road from Olympic Park.
Paving this field and putting a large building on it makes a mockery of what we and so many Dundas residents fought so hard for.
Dundas soccer parents are already driving their children to Ancaster for practice sessions: we need Olympic Park so our children can benefit from being outdoors in the fresh air and playing on grass (not an artificial surface).
Can we afford the inevitable maintenance costs (which will surely be more than tending a field of grass & trees?
But my main objection is that to my knowledge, no-one in Dundas has been consulted on this proposal. If as a community we decide a velodrome is a great idea for Dundas, then let's be involved in the planning.
No one likes to read about our future in the media first.
This blog entry was first published on Julia's website