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Go park---not park and go

To the editor,

I was walking by the Dartmouth Commons recently and read the sign on Wyse Road regarding the upcoming renovation project.

I read there was going to be a revamp to the area, with more park space (great!) as well as some 24 parking spaces being built. Huh? Concrete parking spaces being built on possible park space? I needed more information, so I called HRM. A representative suggested the space would be a "park and go" public transport area for commuters going into Halifax.

While I am very supportive of conservation and public transport, the idea of having a "park and go" in this potential park space mystifies my sense of logic.

If this is correct, why isn't this space being built in Cole Harbour, Waverley, Portland Estates or Montebello so people could park closer to home, which saves on gas and the environment, so they don't have to drive to downtown Dartmouth, and commuters could ride the bus from THEIR OWN NEIGHBOURHOOD?

Second, how does having a "park and go" in public parkland serve the citizens of downtown Dartmouth? They aren't the people who will be parking their cars and then taking the bus to Halifax. Why is local park space being used for the convenience of non-downtown citizens? If my attitude seems a tad irritated, well, it is

Perhaps I have the wrong information.Perhaps the people who have "planned" this development really don't know what they're doing.

By Neil Melanson

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