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Sod still off

Dear Coast,

All summer long the eyes and ears of residents and visitors to Point Pleasant Park have suffered as a long deep trench has been dug all the way around the Park on Franklyn Street and then down the hill to the new sewage pumping station on the North West Arm. I suppose it's a sacrifice we have to make for the great Harbour Solution, but when will it ever end?

Franklyn Street and adjoining grass boulevard have been ripped up innumerable times this last couple of years and now that the end seems to be in sight, like a mirage it is never quite there! The road now needs its final skim of asphalt and has done for the past two months, the boulevard needs soil and sod. When will it finally end?

Incidentally if it is intended, as I am sure all feel most definitely that it should, that grass be brought back to the Park's edge why is all that shale and rock being dumped and levelled there? Surely it should be just top soil and then sod?

What about the park trail—one of the most popular in the Park—closed for the sewer trench? We hope it will not end up as a hard surface truck access route to the pumping station but will be restored as a pleasant and informal pathway with new plantings to replace all the lost plants and saplings and regain the natural look it had before the earth-movers went in.

Can anyone advise?

By Iain Taylor, president, Friends of Point Pleasant Park (and a we

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