Protect Public Use of Lansdowne Park

I call on the City to conduct robust public consultations before entering into negotiations with OSEG

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In a staff report coming to the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) on November 5th, 2019, the city is seeking to direct staff to strike a deal with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) to transfer operations, programming and city control of half of the site over to OSEG (a deal that will be brought back to council for a vote). This would mean Aberdeen Pavilion, Aberdeen Square, the Horticulture Building, the Great Lawn and other areas of Lansdowne would be transferred in a commercialization of the remaining public space at Lansdowne. No business plan has been presented for such a move. No vendors who rent the space have been informed and zero public consultation has taken place. 

*Edited*: This intro text was updated to reflect a change in the language of the staff report. Initially the report sought to give delegated authority to staff to negotiate a deal, but now any deal negotiated by staff will be brought back to council for a vote.

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  • OW
    signed 2020-03-09 18:02:56 -0400
  • FB
    signed 2020-03-03 12:57:12 -0500
  • KH
    signed 2020-02-25 17:25:58 -0500
  • EK
    signed 2020-02-24 18:35:20 -0500
    While some of the space or facilities at Lansdowne Park may be rented out to appropriate vendors or parties, most of the space and facilities should be provided for public services.
  • AG
    signed 2020-02-10 16:44:18 -0500
  • ST
    signed 2020-01-19 15:36:25 -0500
    Landsdowne is an I Tergal part of our Glebe neighbourhood and threatening it is to threaten the very fabric of the community. Further, it is a city hub, which has been a well known benefit for the entire municipality and should not have its status As a public benefit diminished by profit motive.
  • TD
    signed via 2020-01-18 04:19:59 -0500
  • SM
    signed via 2020-01-15 18:29:24 -0500
  • LG
    signed via 2020-01-15 17:28:06 -0500
  • Warren McBride
    signed via 2020-01-15 13:12:51 -0500
    Warren H McBride
  • SS
    signed 2020-01-14 07:05:09 -0500
  • Ute Thomas
    signed 2019-12-17 09:09:15 -0500
    There has been more than enough privatisation in this major public space. If OSEG want to raise more revenue let them invest in and improve the large spaces already fully under their control so people have a reason to visit. So far, this entire space is a wasteland except when big games are happening, or on weekend evenings, when it’s party central for a young crowd.
  • SH
    signed 2019-12-16 16:28:26 -0500
  • GS
    signed via 2019-12-05 09:34:42 -0500
    As a festival organizer with a small operating budget who hosts their annual event at the Horticulture building, I would be very affected by the decision to privatize the use of the building. If the rental costs would increase, we would most likely need to move our event outside of the downtown core, which would not only affect our attendance and therefore budget, but would affect the economy for local businesses near Lansdowne and would also encourage people to use their cars.

    I was not consulted and my voice was not heard in this process.
  • LJ
    signed 2019-11-29 22:29:13 -0500
  • Anne-Marie Demers
    signed 2019-11-26 11:55:36 -0500
  • SR
    signed 2019-11-20 18:58:48 -0500
    stephen rock
  • KR
    signed via 2019-11-19 09:43:44 -0500
  • MC
    signed via 2019-11-18 10:59:49 -0500
  • KH
    signed 2019-11-15 02:43:00 -0500
  • TL
    signed 2019-11-15 01:56:44 -0500
  • EC
    signed 2019-11-15 01:45:30 -0500
  • TH
    signed 2019-11-14 22:00:51 -0500
  • ND
    signed 2019-11-14 21:48:46 -0500
    Nikki Diamond
  • BW
    signed 2019-11-14 12:42:54 -0500
  • AR
    signed 2019-11-14 12:25:05 -0500
  • LM
    signed 2019-11-14 12:17:40 -0500
    Leah Miller
  • CY
    signed 2019-11-14 12:03:06 -0500
  • MK
    signed 2019-11-14 06:28:30 -0500
  • MP
    signed 2019-11-13 23:10:46 -0500
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