The Next Contender For The City Beautiful Awards

The nominations for the 2009 City Beautiful Awards are now open.

Our first nomination goes to the property at the south-west corner of Chapel and Hounsfield Streets.

In keeping with the City’s ongoing efforts to create more recreational green space the property has been landscaped
to provide a natural pond complete with concrete playground equipment for the neighbourhood tots.

The property also provides a unique educational opportunity for our local schools. Botany students will be fascinated by the
wide variety of bacteria and mosquito larva thriving in the pond as it has been standing undisturbed since the spring thaw.

Everybody’s welcome. Come and visit. Bring your friends. Bring a haz-mat suit.

For more information call 539-6194



  1. Anonymous
    Posted June 10, 2009 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Looks like an off-leash park for sewer rats.

    The abandoned shopping cart is a nice touch. Something of a departure from the usual garden gnomes and pink flamingos.

  2. Anonymous
    Posted June 10, 2009 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Just to show it's not all low-class… I nominate the huge recreational green space at the corner of 59 and Ridgewood Drive, where one would turn to access Cowan Park. The building lots on either side of Ridgewood also feature ponds, so established the wetland weeds have taken over.
    It's almost becoming as diverse a greenspace as the cornfields in Burgess Park.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted June 10, 2009 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    I completely agree with the above comment. There is no excuse for a vacant lot to be an eyesore and an accident waiting to happen. For a few extra bucks the owner of this lot could have had the construction debris removed and topped it up with some clean fill.

    Does anyone know who owns this filth pit?

  4. Chris
    Posted June 10, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    i would hate to live next door to that eyesore

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