For Immediate Release
July 20, 2016
Happy Valley – Goose Bay, NL – A motion to address the parking and accessibility concerns at the Mealy Mountain Collegiate Sports Complex was passed during the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay’s July public Town Council Meeting.
The Town is implementing the following immediate, temporary solution:
Parking – Clearing a parking area outside the gate for residents and user groups. This is the same parking area proposed by the Town. There will be pedestrian access from the parking lot, through the gate. This parking space is approximately 165 feet from the facilities.
Accessibility – Currently working on a plan to improve access to the facilities for people living with disability and/or mobility issues. Details will be provided shortly.
“We would like to thank the user groups and residents who attended the public consultation session last week,” said Councillor Jackie Compton Hobbs, Chair of the Community Services and Recreation Committee. “We listened to everyone and had a good discussion to determine how to provide immediate and long-term solutions in the best interest of public safety.
In the meantime, until Town crews can clear the parking area, we ask user groups and residents not to park at Steve’s Playground or along Ikey Street.
The Town has a general understanding with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District that allows use of each other’s facilities so long as that use does not interfere with operations.
As part of this understanding, user groups and the public can use the Mealy Mountain Collegiate parking lot to access the sports complex. Additionally, the Town owns the Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre and that parking lot is also available.
We ask for patience from our user groups and residents. We expect the parking area to be ready soon.
The Town’s long-term solution is to create parking at the Town Centre. When the Labrador Wellness Centre is established, user groups and residents will also be permitted to use that parking lot to access the complex.
Public safety remains our priority. High traffic inside the sports complex comes with great risk of injury to user groups, children and the public using the facilities. We have made these changes to minimize the risk.
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Public Relations & Special Events Manager
Town of Happy Valley – Goose Bay
o) 709-896-3254 ; c) 709-896-1609