Keep the Spencer Smith Park Promenade RED!
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In celebration of Canada's 150th Birthday, Burlington has received a grant from the government to make some changes in the city. Amongst these changes are several changes to Spencer Smith Park, to be done in 2 phases. Phase 1 is nearly complete, if you've been do the park recently, you'd notice that the wooden gazebo has been removed and replaced with a larger steel gazebo and a few willow trees have been removed. Though these changes were a little tough to get on board with, one change the city is making is not so positive and is worthy of a petition.
The City of Burlington is about to begin phase 2 of the park's renovations, which includes resurfacing the promenade to make it 'smooth' by paving over the brick indentations to allow for better accessibility. Fair enough, except that in doing so, they are planning to replace the iconic red colour that we’ve all been accustomed to with a dull black asphalt (see picture below).
A few residents have spoken up and requested that the city keep it red, however the city has responded that “The colour was taken into consideration. The black asphalt, un-coloured, helps with accessibility and maintenance. Accessibility is a key priority for the city.”
I, and many others, are not exactly convinced. What role does colour have in accessibility? If anything, we think since red is brighter and more visually catching than black, that red would actually be better for accessibility if colour does have a role. But the city has not really specified how black asphalt is, in fact, better for accessibility. I personally think that the city doesn’t want to make an extra expense on red paint, however I feel it would be worth it to keep Spencer Smith looking unique.
Black asphalt is not aesthetically pleasing and will ruin the aesthetic value of Burlington’s nicest park. If you’re interested in showing Burlington that you’re interested in keeping the red, sign this petition :)
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