City Planning documents due to be approved fall 2020 include policy enabling development of public parkland that would be cumulative over 25-year duration of Plan
Alert! October 15, 2020
City Planing Documents, Major Open Space section provides policy that enables unlimited development and permanent loss of publicly owned greenspace over the duration of the 25 year vision Read more..
Alert! July 15, 2020
Park planning, tree planting and tree pruning (except DED) are not required services. (see list)
Alert! March 10, 2020
The City of Winnipeg Multi-year Budget passed on March 20, 2020 by City Council raises serious concerns for city-owned golf course lands.
We see the Sam Katz plan to sell city golf course lands revived as part of the proposed Transformative Fund approved for the 2020 City Budget.
OURS-Winnipeg (Outdoor Urban Recreational Spaces – Winnipeg) is a city-wide, community-based, green space advocate organization with a focus on urban greenspaces, river and nature corridors and the urban forest. Parks, green spaces and natural are essential to making Winnipeg an attractive place to live, work and visit. With good planning and care they will be there for generations to come.
OURS continues to urge the City of Winnipeg to initiate consultations for the development of planning documents that preserve and enhance the natural amenities of Winnipeg. OURS-Winnipeg will continue to monitor developments pertaining to and will advocate for good stewardship of our valuable greenspace resources that belongs to us all.
The City of Winnipeg needs to develop an urban vision by enacting a Master Plan for Greenspace that reflects the intrinsic cultural, economic and ecological value of our natural assets and that includes:
1. An Urban River Corridor Plan that includes all rivers and streams
2. An Urban Parks Plan
3. A Comprehensive Urban Forest Management Plan
4. Accessible green space and natural areas for all
OURS-Winnipeg has consistently called for timely and meaningful public consultations involving a broad participation of citizens prior to any significant planning decisions being taken by the City of Winnipeg.
OURS-Winnipeg originated in December, 2011 in response to a plan by the City of Winnipeg to make seven of the city-owned golf courses available for sale or lease for commercial or residential development. A public campaign to have the Expression of Interest withdrawn was successfully implemented.
The city's 12 publicly owned golf courses are zoned parkland, and comprise about 12% of city owned greenspace .
2018 Alternative Municipal Budget, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Greenspace Chapter of 2018 Alternative Budget
OURS-Winnipeg Master Greenspace Plan - 2014