11. OPEN SPACE

If a high density of apartment is to be encouraged, it is important to ensure that adequate public open space is provided to offset the crowding effect of tall buildings. Such spaces can be extremely attractive, and excellent examples can be found in many cities where there is a high density of Downtown development. In Winnipeg, where the winters are long and severe, one of the most exciting amenities which could be provided would be a “winter garden,” or a series of them right in the Downtown. These would be enclosed green spaces or conservatories, where permanent greenery and flowers could provide a welcome relief during the bitter months of the winter. Ideally, they would be linked by weather-protected pedestrian passages to other parts of the Downtown, providing easy access between them and other centres of Downtown activity.

It seems reasonable to expect the public authorities to be responsible for the maintenance of these spaces as parks. But it also seems reasonable to expect that the developers of the high density apartments would convey the land for these parks to the public authority for one dollar, since the developers require parks as an amenity for their own developments, and since they are likely to prefer to have these parks maintained by the public, rather than assume this responsibility themselves.