A Memorial Park Meets a Townhouse Condo Project
Yet another condo/stacked townhouse project is planned for Guelph. This particular project would likely be designed with students in mind given it’s central location. The piece of land involved in the application to the City of Guelph is located at 180 Gordon Street. This location is on one of the busiest streets in Guelph and at the gateway to the downtown core. Situated on the Speed and Eramosa River convergence, and a short walk to the University of Guelph along with being on a main bus route, you can’t imagine a better location for such a project.
There is some concern about the effect that the development might have on the area but quite frankly, it is currently a brown field location! What can be worse than what is there now? Marianne’s Park is located adjacent to the property and there is some fear that the park and it’s purpose would be diminished somehow. The background behind the park is admirable and upon learning it’s history, I understand why she has “friend’s” defending her future. If you don’t know the history, it is a memorial park dedicated to Marianne Goulden. Goulden worked to support women who were victims of domestic violence and was murdered in 1992 by her common-law partner. I am compassionate towards these kind of memorial parks, but also speak honestly and freely about how they effect their surroundings. In this case, although located on a busy street, not many residents even know of its existence. I believe that it will serve a better purpose having a notable building as it’s neighbour rather than an ugly, possibly contaminated brown field. The focus and attention of a new building may serve a broader purpose and draw insight and attention to a shameful issue of domestic abuse of women. My guess is that a few more people might stroll through the park as part of their daily routine or commute and become enlightened, just as I have become enlightened as I learn about this development. Perhaps I too would never have known about this memorial park.
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