Building Greenspace in Urban Settings; Why Not?
by J.B Moffatt on October 7, 2016 - 10:56pm
Green space is becoming less and less across the nation with the increased population and inevitable amount of construction taking place. This is something that is hard to combat as corporate power and money over shines everything. Although, some municipalities and city governments are working towards creating new greenspaces.
In an article by CBC News Toronto, Councillor Joe Cressy has been fighting to add to the amount of greenspace in Toronto. This is calling for the renovation of an old existing parking lot, and turning it into a natural park near the downtown core. Although this movement is mostly an economic movement for this specific site, it still will allow for the benefits of reducing paved, covered land. Council is looking at this as a viable request considering the areas massive increase in population and incredibly high amount of infrastructure growth as well. Cressy also argues that creating green space is also part of infrastructure, and giving residents their own backyard is essential.
There is also a mention about the human health benefits of greenspaces. If the environmental standpoint or the human due diligence of keeping up the biodiversity within the cities is not enough, we must look at the other benefits. Along with the health benefits, one could also argue green spaces are a sink for natural or non-natural occurrences. By having less concrete and an area with soil and vegetation, this could take away from rainwater going into sewers. A sink for rainwater would also help reduce flooding or other unwanted activities. High amounts of vegetation at city centers could also reduce the emissions escaping into our atmosphere, where the vegetation could utilize it before it leaves the city creating cleaner air. This summer after a trip to Grand Bend Ontario, I noticed there were many areas that had established traditional grasses and plants. This was the areas attempt to restore other areas that had been depleted and manipulated in order to accommodate human traffic. This is a common trend being seen in many areas which
The bottom line is there has to be a bigger voice in order to establish more greenspaces across Canada. Increasing population is no excuse to deplete areas of nature for both human health and natures benefit. Many positives come from these designated areas. Municipalities and cities such as Toronto is doing it, therefore many other places can easily follow this lead.