By Matthew Pearson, Ottawa Citizen, February 10, 2017
Hiring two new park planners should make it quicker and easier for Ottawa city councillors to spend the money that’s been piling up in their special cash-for-parks accounts.
As of Dec. 31, councillors collectively had $11.2 million at their discretion to buy new parkland, install or replace play structures, splash pads and benches, or pursue other recreation projects in the city’s 23 wards. That’s up from $8.1 million at the end of 2015.
While some of those dollars have been set aside for projects yet to be completed, millions remain uncommitted.http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/cash-for-parks-piling-up-in-citys-wards