The average homeowner in Winnipeg pays $81 per year for parks and green space maintenance.
But people living in Winnipeg’s new developments like the Bridgwater suburbs are being told the city has no money to look after its green spaces.
For a period after new neighbourhoods are built, the maintenance is done by the developer.
But Jarrett Hannah, president of the Bridgwater Forest Neighbourhood Association, says since the city took it over, things aren’t being taken care of.
“The problem with Bridgwater is that when the province did build it, they built a lot of different areas of gardens and fountains and a lot of elaborate things, which was fabulous. But when that gets transferred over to the city, the city does not have the resources to maintain that type of green space infrastructure,” he said.
Area councillor Janice Lukes met with residents last night. She says she’s looking at a short-term fix for this year, then a long-term plan.
“This is a concept that we’re selling and taxing people on and they’re buying into and we have to live up to our obligations as a city and deliver the basic level of maintenance,” he said.
She is also looking at where maintenance fees collected in those neighbourhoods are being spent.
Hannah says residents in the area are just expecting what any city taxpayer does.
“All we’re saying is we’re paying into the tax base like everybody else and we’re just questioning where did all this (landscape) planning come from and why did they build it like that if they were talking about it in the first place to maintain it,” he said.