Mayor Don Iveson has taken to Facebook to signal he’ll be making a motion at next week’s council meeting to have city staff look into the complaint of Freezeway originator Matt Gibbs.
Gibbs isn’t happy that a lighted skating oval has been dubbed the Freezeway, when his idea was an 11 km trail designed for active transportation. It was supposed to stretch from Northlands, head towards downtown along the rail line, then the U-shaped pathway would head towards Blatchford.
The designer doesn’t put much faith in Iveson’s request for a report
“For me it looked like a really desperate attempt to cover their tracks about what kind of behavior they’ve let go forward in the past and it just seems to me a desperate political move.”
“A simple thank you could have been an alternative way that this could have been handled, in a mature and respectful and polite manner,” Gibbs said. “But instead of doing that, the city has been completely adversarial in this. Which is mind boggling.”
In a Facebook post, Iveson said the city gets dozens of proposals from the public every week.
“Given the recent discussion around the Freezeway concept, I think it’s worth seeking clarification about how we ought to deal with the intake of these city-building ideas, how we give credit for them and how we properly involve these individuals if their ideas are implemented.”
Earlier in the week, Iveson questioned the logistics of a frozen trail for skating, wondering if people need to put their skate guards back on mid-trip to cross a road.
Gibbs’ original Freezeway concept had two road crossings, as far as three kilometres apart. Potential users could slip on skate guards to cross the road, then take them off again and resume skating.