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Currently known as the "KROCK Centre"
Formerly the "Kingston Regional Sports and Entertainment Centre" or KRSEC
Formerly the "Large Venue Entertainment Centre" or LVEC
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This letter from Bruce Todd to Council, senior City staff, and The Whig

From: Bruce Todd

To: Councillor M Gerretsen, Councillor B Glover, Councillor D Hector, Councillor R Hutchison, Councillor J MacLeod-Kane, Councillor R Matheson, Councillor L Osanic, Councillor S Meers, Councillor E Smith, Mayor H Rosen, Councillor L Foster, Councillor S Garrison, Councillor V Schmolka

CC: whiged@thewhig.com, "Morris, Malcolm", "Laubenstein, Glen", KCAL@yahoogroups.com, "Hurdle, Lanie", "Downs, Carolyn", Deanna Green, jpress@thewhig.com

Subject: Parking availability for the KRSEC

Date: 19 February 2008, 02:04:30

It is no secret that I have always been against locating the LVEC either on the Anglin Bay site or the North Block site, simply because there is not a sufficient supply of available parking. By "available" parking, I mean unused, unoccupied parking spots waiting to be used by LVEC event-goers.

That having been said, there is no excuse for the City of Kingston perpetuating lies upon lies about the availability of downtown parking for an LVEC event.

The special section produced by the Kingston Whig Standard last Friday, February 15, 2008, entitled "It's Show Time" included on page 10 an article on "Ample Parking Available for Event Goers". It paints a picture of parking availability as if no cars are ever on-street or in parking lots on a Friday evening. It gives a detailed number of parking spaces as if these are all waiting to be used by LVEC event-goers. What a deception! What an utter falsehood for those who might not be familiar with Kingston's downtown on a Friday evening in particular.

The article states that "more than 550 on-street parking spaces are located within 600m of the Centre and will be free for use during evening and Sunday events".

To state that all these parking spaces are "free for use" is an extremely deceptive statement.

I have repeatedly surveyed the parking situation in the downtown on a Friday evening around 6:30 to 7:00 p.m., as Consultants should have done for their reports to the City, and, consistently, the on-street parking has been fully utilized except for 30 to 50 spots, and parking lots have been half full or more at that time. I have reported this on many occasions to the city and to LVEC management, but all reports have been consistently ignored.

I think it is a disgrace for the City to continue this blind ambition to dupe the public and tourists about parking availability. I wonder why our CAO, for whom I have gained some respect, would allow this prevarication of information to the public by his staff. Does no one have any conscience at City Hall?

The City is entitled to have its own view on where the LVEC should be located. But the City is not entitled to lie to or deceive the public.

Are there any Councillors out there willing to stand up for decency and have these false advertisements corrected in the future?

Bruce Todd