‘It would be like looking at a prison'
Jackie Fitton, left, and Rhonda Blaikie sit on the rail of Fitton's front porch, which overlooks the entrance to Victoria Park. Neighbours to the park, including Fitton and Blaikie, are concerned about the town's plan to give green space (directly behind the women) to the tennis club (behind and to the left) to construct four more courts and parking spaces. They have presented a petition to the Town of Truro and hope to oppose the idea at Monday's council meeting. Raissa Tetanish - Truro Daily News
TRURO - A number of residents surrounding a park are hoping the town will hear their concerns this afternoon regarding green space.
Jackie Fitton, who lives on Park Road directly across from the entrance to Victoria Park, dropped off a petition with 28 names to Truro Town Hall on Friday.
"It would be like looking at a prison," said Fitton regarding the view from her front porch if the town's plan of giving the green space at the beginning of the park to the Truro Tennis Club so the club can expand its courts and add parking spaces. "I'm more upset because the town didn't even bother to tell us."
Fitton and her husband Don Williams found out Wednesday evening about the plan that would see additional tennis courts constructed, and possibly angled parking, on the existing green space.
Having contacted town hall, Fitton was told if she wanted the issue on Monday's town council agenda, to submit something as early as she could. She did, and some residents are hoping to attend to oppose the idea.
"We only talked to the people that live directly on the houses surrounding the park," she said.
"We didn't want this going through without anyone saying anything about it," added Williams.
Voicing their concerns as well are Fitton's neighbor, Rhonda Blaikie from Rosewyn Place and Elaine Hudson, who lives further up Park Road.
"Half the reason I bought the house next door was because of the park," said Blaikie. "There are people there all the time in the green space. People have picnics there, I even take my grandkids there."
Moving onto Park Road in 1997, Hudson said she likes being able to walk out her front door and seeing the park.
"There are so many little kids that use that space. I've seen some learning how to catch a ball with their Dad, catching a Frisbee or learning to ride their bike. There is even a group that has started doing tai chi. There are even kids laying there reading on nice days."
In the winter, residents lace up their skates to use the rink the town builds.
Across the park on Palmer Street, Kim Forster has lived in her house for the past 14 years.
"I live at centre court and when I first heard about the plans, I thought, ‘that little green space? That's too little for that,'" she said. "I thought it was an awful idea."
Over her years, Forster has seen many times how the green space has been used, including by a group of people that do yoga on the space.
"It would be a shame for anyone driving into the park to be seeing fences all along there instead of the green space, not to mention the traffic that it would create."