Events at Gage Park to continue despite environmental concerns

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A report from Brampton city staff recommending the use of other nearby venues in order to protect the greenery in Gage Park has apparently been disregarded by the City of Brampton.

Council received a staff report at a November 13 meeting recommending transferring events currently hosted at Gage Park located downtown across from city hall to other venues like nearby Rosalea Park.

“Despite an aggressive program of turf maintenance and installation of an irrigation system, the combined negative effects of park events and stresses from the surrounding urban environment will likely accelerate the mortality rate and overall health of the trees and continue to deteriorate the turf quality,” says the report.

“Staff recommend that the City reduce the impact on the park due to repeated events by no longer offering Gage Park as a venue for events,” it added.

The park is home to the city’s downtown band shell and hosts annual events such as the Rotary Rib ‘n’ Roll festival, Brampton Global Jazz and Blues Festival and others.

But the problem is that Gage Park is a very popular venue for outdoor events and does garner the city a small pile of cash by way of user fees.
Instead of banning all further events from Gage Park, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown is suggesting better maintenance in an effort to both sustain the park and its natural features while still allowing events to be hosted there.

All councillors are actually united on this one issue- banning events at one of the city’s signature venues outright was a bad idea, or at least premature until other spaces could be modified or created downtown as suitable replacements.

Meanwhile, council passed a motion requesting that staff investigate additional ways to preserve Gage Park, as well as limiting vehicle traffic during events.

Gage Park has in recent years emerged as a sort of community hub and serves as a multi-functional park hosting many city events, including weekly concerts, Brampton Rotary Club’s Annual Rib n’ Roll, Classic Cars and Legendary Stars weekend and much more. During winter, Gage Park’s circular paved recreational trail is turned into a public ice rink. It is a beehive of activities in all seasons. -CINEWS

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