Group makes last-ditch effort to change new library location
CTV Ottawa News

By CTV News Ottawa, January 29, 2017

A library advocacy group ‘Bookmark the Core’ is making a last-ditch effort to change the proposed location of the new central library.On Friday, the group released a video suggesting space near the Rideau Canal or Confederation Park as better alternatives to the recommended site at LeBreton Flats.

“We have this idea of going for a skate then coming to warm up in the library, or running errands at City Hall and then popping into the library because we want to see multi-destination visits and the library being in the centre of everything,” said Emilie Taman, Co-Chair of Bookmark the Core.

Taman is concerned the space on Wellington St. is not centrally located, as well, that the steep sidewalks surrounding the area will be a challenge for people with walkers, those in wheelchairs, or those pushing baby strollers.

After viewing the video Mayor Jim Watson dismissed Confederation Park as an option, tweeting: “Concern by public that some advocates want to tear up Confed Park to build library! I will NEVER take scarce greenspace away from Centretown.”

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