By Ben Andrews, CBC News Ottawa, September 11, 2023
Catherine Boucher felt a rush of shock and dismay when she saw the city's plan for a long-awaited development in Little Italy.
In the draft plan released in May, a new elementary school is situated on top of Plouffe Park, a sliver of public green space in a central neighbourhood where parks are scarce.
Although the plan for the property between Preston Street and the Trillium Line includes a new park next to Plouffe's current footprint, community groups are concerned the construction could leave the neighbourhood without any green space for years.
"Every inch of green space is very important to us and this play park has served a purpose for generations," said Boucher, president of the Dalhousie Community Association.