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Doucet tries to tempt NCC into purchase

Capital Ward Coun. Clive Doucet put a “for sale” sign up at Lansdowne Park, but the National Capital Commission is not biting.

Doucet sent a letter to NCC CEO Marie Lemay yesterday, encouraging her to think about buying the park.

“It’s $20 million, valued by the city,” said Doucet. “That’s peanuts in terms of the importance of the land. It’s a national heritage property.”

Doucet said the Lansdowne Park location is the only area where green space could be added near the Rideau Canal between Dow’s Lake and the National Arts Centre.

“This is a national site next to a world heritage site and the NCC should protect it,” he said.

In June, council is expected to give final approval for a plan to redevelop Lansdowne Park.

Unless there is some intervention, Doucet said he is afraid the land will be handed over to private ownership via a 30-year renewable lease.

NCC spokesperson Kathryn Keyes said they are not considering acquiring the park.

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