Mayoral candidate Gord Steeves' plan to sell four municipal golf courses to bring in $100 million for infrastructure renewal will have a negative impact on Winnipeg's greenspace, says an advocacy group in the city.
Members from Outdoor Urban Recreation Spaces Winnipeg (OURS), a group that advocates for greenspaces in the city, said the plan doesn’t square with what Winnipeggers want.
Mazur said over 8,000 Winnipeggers signed a petition to save Winnipeg's green spaces.
"The golf courses and the parks are absolutely precious jewels,” said Ron Mazur with OURS. “Any suggestion to sell them for commercial or residential development may raise some tax revenue, but it diminishes our city. It makes us a lot smaller city."
Gord Steeves has said the golf course land would be redeveloped into green space and homes.