To Committee June 4: Staff recommend against pilot tree bylaw in Roseland; proposal to rename Nelson Baseball Park to Casey Cosgrove Baseball Field, and more

At the Committee of the Whole meeting June 4, 1pm and 6:30pm, council will be considering a number of items including:

  • recommendation against proceeding with a pilot tree bylaw in Roseland (I support the pilot)

  • proposal to rename Nelson Baseball Park to Casey Cosgrove Baseball Field (I support the renaming)

  • recommendation to refuse a request from Ribfest organizers to extend hours from 11pm to 1am in Spencer Smith Park, Thurs. Aug. 30 for a ticketed DJ dance party to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Brant Inn (I don’t support going past 11pm on a weeknight)

  • and more. Full agenda is here: COW June 4

Residents can attend the meeting or watch it live online, and can register as a Delegation to speak.


Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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  1. I agree that 1 am is a bad idea. I’ve been to the party myself many times, and know what can happen, but now my brain is fully formed, and I know what happens when you have too much fun.

    And remember that pot will be legal by then, and for sure that will amp things up for sure, and will be the first time wide open.

  2. I agree going to 1 am is a bad idea. I remember what it can be like as an active participant. Now my brain is fully operative. I like fun, but,… .

    And remember, pot will be legal by then. That will amp up the vibe for sure.

  3. Extending the hours until 1AM for Ribfest even for one night should NOT be approved. The fact that it is on a week day is not the issue. Whether it is a weekday or a weekend is not the reason this should be refused. Next year they will come back and ask for this to be on a weekend, and then use this to move forward to getting this approved on a weekend. We are constantly hearing that the reason the city wants high rise buildings downtown with 3 bedrooms is to have more families living in the area. The proximity to Spencer Smith Park is used to try to sell this over intensification. HOW FAMILY FRIENDLY IS HAVING AN EVENT GO TO 1PM IN A PUBLIC SPACE THAT IMPACTS THAT AREA. 11pm for those living in the area is more than enough.

  4. I don’t think it is a good idea to go to 1am. I don’t even like the 11pm end to be honest. As a business owner on Brant St., we get the aftermath of a “drunk fest” and have our businesses directly affected when planters are destroyed, and other vandalism takes place.
    Nothing good can happen from an extended party time in the park. I’ve witnessed it since 2010, every year. And every year it costs us about $1000 to redo our planters, clean up, fix benches, etc. The city does not reimburse small business damage from ‘city events’.
    We also have residents that are already inconvenienced with loud music and chaos until 11pm. A 1am stop/closing time will create havoc for the police by encouraging younger hooligans to the park.
    I vote no to 1am.

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