People in the southwest Edmonton neighbourhood of Skyrattler are upset over the loss of a large section of parkland.

The city has approved a housing project for the space that was once set aside for a new school.

People in the community say the green space is needed by residents of nearby multi-family dwellings.

But Coun. Don Iveson said the park space was never meant to be permanent.

"There was always going to have something built on it," he said "I understand that the neighbours are really attached to those parks, but they were always temporary parks."

No timeline for the new housing development has been set.