Inlet Park plans too pricey, says council

Port Moody council accepted last week an updated study on revamping Inlet Park.

But councillors say that even the project’s lowest cost option of $3.7 million won’t work within the city’s five-year financial plan.

The study accepted by council Feb. 8 includes six redevelopment plans for the gravel field facility on Murray Street near Klahanie Drive, ranging in cost from $3.7 million to $7.17 million.

The cheapest option would include a new field house, a softball diamond, a soccer field and 41 parking stalls while the most comprehensive redevelopment plan would see a field house, two softball diamonds, two large soccer fields, one mini soccer field and 194 parking stalls on the site.

The report also calls for a public hearing on the Inlet Park redevelopment options to be held in early 2011.

But although council voted to receive the Inlet Park study, with only Coun. Gerry Nuttall voting against it, all councillors agreed that for the time being, redeveloping Inlet Park is no longer on council’s long-term agenda.

And Coun. Nuttall said holding a public hearing on the park would put the city’s planned public vote to borrow money for a new fire hall in jeopardy if residents thought the city had money to redevelop Inlet Park but not for a new fire station.

Coun. Mike Clay said he was curious whether the city could afford to hold a public hearing on Inlet Park and added that receiving the updated study could be setting council up for failure by appearing to move forward with something it has no plans of completing.

Mayor Joe Trasolini had the last word on the issue, saying that receiving the study did not commit the city to the Inlet Park redevelopment; rather, it amounted to council saying, “Thanks for the info” to the city’s corporate and community services departments.

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