I recently learned that Cataline School is planning to relocate the bus loop from just off Blair Street, to the back of the school. This plan requires removing a large percentage of the forested area that provides a safe place for kids to play.
I understand the reasoning for the relocation is concern for student safety on the road, as people do not observe the school speed limit.
Where is the public/parent engagement on this decision? At least two points of discussion are valid: alternative plans to address safety, and the value of the forested play area.
Safety alternatives: post a speed reader to deter speeders like by Marie Sharpe, pay a staff person to flag irresponsible drivers, similar to the paid cross walk attendant Columneetza Campus, request the RCMP to spend a few mornings (45 critical minutes at school start or end would do) to be a presence or hand out tickets.
Value of outside space: the forest space provides safe, shady outdoor space to burn off energy, be imaginative.
I could go on further about social and health values of playing outside; I’ll leave that to those more informed. At a practical minimum, the play space keeps kids away from the traffic. Many schools try to GROW green space, why are we cutting it down?
I’d hate to see such a significant and costly decision made due to a few irresponsible drivers. Slow down, don’t cut down.