No. In fact, the plan will increase the amount of publicly accessible green space in the community by more than 30 per cent.
Right now the site is private property, and actually provides no publicly accessible green space to the community. People who currently walk through the site are technically trespassing, and there are safety/liability issues associated with public access at this time.
With the latest version of the plan, approximately one-third of the site will be green open space. The central open space is now 2.6 times larger than it was in the CPC-approved plan.
The development plans include a regional pathway extension from 40 Avenue NW to Centre Street North and other pedestrian pathway connections across the site. The plans also include functional parks, and a soccer field, which will provide the community with a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities that currently don’t exist in Highland Park.