OURS group defends city green space

OURS (Outdoor Urban Recreational Spaces) is a group of Winnipeg citizens, committed to stopping the sale and development of Winnipeg's City owned golf courses, and to the need to protect our natural urban environment. OURS grew out of a Public meeting that agreed that:

"We demand meaningful, timely public consultation prior to the sale or redevelopment of City of Winnipeg golf courses."

We include golfers and naturalists, skiers and hikers and just plain lovers of the peace that these green spaces bring to our city.  We are united by our desire to preserve publicly owned park and recreation lands for the use and enjoyment of the public. If we don't act now, the year round enjoyment of our Winnipeg parklands is about to be lost.

The process began in October 2011 when the City administration quietly called for Expressions of Interest for seven City owned golf courses and received a number of proposals by the deadline of October 26.  The Expression of Interest invited only developers and golf course operators to provide ideas to the City of Winnipeg. The City of Winnipeg administration, without Council involvement, would then choose the options it wishes to pursue.  The recommended proposals will be presented to Council for approval.

For more information go to http://www.ours-winnipeg.com/

Posted by Margaret Reda on
I am interested in joining in the work of preserving our green spaces for the benefit of all Winnipegers. In particular I would like to see public lands both municipally and provincially be utilized for the purpose of permaculture. This is a way of using the land for that increases its fertility, increases biodiversity naturally with little or no use of pesticides or herbicides. It is a food growing system that is sustainable, that requires less inputs and at the same time supports the natural animals, plants and insects. If we are successful with permaculture we could end Winnipeg's reliance on the food bank and achieve real food security. Permaculture can also be used to supply energy needs as well as well as materials for building etc

Margaret Reda
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