City View looks to special levy to help buy heritage property for park - Ottawa - CBC News

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By Joanne Chianello, CBC News Ottawa, July 22, 2016

A community group is racing against the clock to raise money that would help pay for a two-acre property it wants to see turned into a city park.

More than 70 residents of the City View neighbourhood in College ward attended a public meeting on Thursday to discuss the issue. They were clearly frustrated with the city's policy not to buy land for parks, even in communities where there isn't enough greenspace.

But most in attendance appeared ready to pay a $5 a month — or more — special levy to help purchase the recently designated heritage home at 21 Withrow Ave., an 1840s stone house that once belonged to a Confederation poet and is currently listed for sale with an asking price of $2.3 million.