Originally Posted by reidjr
Ottawa has over 800 parks in this city is not in any way lacking in parks.What ottawa is lacking is arenas and sports fields.I am not aginst parks but at the same time you can't turn everything into parks which some seem to want.
The Lansdowne Park Conservancy keeps all the buildings, including the arena, and adds more playing fields where the south stands would have been.
Trees and grass are added throughout the park for absorption, lowering of micro climate, and to add places to relax under the hot sun.
A grass amphitheater adds cultural and the arts opportunities.
For the Ex, it will mean a much more enjoyable experience.
And Trade shows would stay and would not need a new location.
And yes, rent out the hockey arena all summer long, it could be booked all the time in summer as well, if it isnt already.
But at zero taxpayer cost using existing site revenue, in fact increased site revenue due to more rentable options.