For years I have organized many events in Winegarden Park, including Music in the Landing and the Gibsons Jazz Festival.
I’ve loved seeing residents and visitors come together to enjoy our inspiring local talent in such a spectacular setting.
The community spirit of these gatherings is what makes one proud to live in Gibsons.
Winegarden is also a very casual, ‘natural’ park with many elements of our West Coast ‘ecosystem’ at work.
With its gardens, tree lined creeks and ponds, and the waterfront beach area, people feel connected to the sea, sky, islands, and harbour.
The open water area in front of the park is vital to this experience. This is the last remaining public expanse of water left in the harbour.
Kayakers drift in to watch the concerts, kids wade and throw sticks, otters swim near the creek, seabirds land, and the audience enjoys being part of it all.
It’s Gibsons at its' best.
The condo developer wants to completely fill this area with a dock. This would greatly diminish the park’s quality and enjoyment for many.
Boats almost completely fill the harbour already.
There are other major park impact issues to address, including trees, privacy, road, drainage, and stage. More on these later, but for a start, the developer should remove plans to build docks into Winegarden Park’s waterfront. After that, let’s have the people who know and use it decide what’s best for their park.