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Tansley Woods courtyard suggested for Itabashi Japanese garden

Preferred Option Tansley Woods CourtyardTansley Woods courtyard is the recommended location for a Japanese garden to commemorate the twinning relationship between Burlington and Itabashi, Japan. This location is preferred based on the site’s year round exposure to the public, the synergies between the indoor and outdoor spaces, connection to other Itabashi elements and a more sheltered environment to establish the type of plant material typical of a Japanese garden.

The estimated costs would be $100,000 to $200,000 to install, with annual labor costs of $6,500 to $9,000 and  and $1,500 to $3,500 for materials. The location and details have been discussed with the city’s Mundialization Committee, and the Itabashi sub-Committee.

Council approved a similar arrangement with our sister city Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. Apeldoorn Park was constructed and opened in 2014 (formerly Elgin Park). Burlington Park was opened in Apeldoorn in 2015.

Should council wish to proceed with the Itabashi garden, city staff are recommending we endorse the Tansley Woods site and direct staff to include the costs in the 2017 budget. The recommendation will be considered at the Development & Infrastructure Committee April 19.

For more information, visit the staff report and Appendices on the April 19 D&I agenda, available here: Agendas & Minutes

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

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