How do you use Spring Ridge Commons?
I walk through Spring Ridge Common often and check out the various plants as they make their way through the seasons. I like that it is so varied and the plants are mostly native or perennial. Sometimes I meet people who are also there and we share an interest in what ever is growing or happening in the commons.
What does Spring Ridge Commons bring to you?
I like that it is a community effort and people get together to take care of it. I have a large garden of my own so I don’t have time to work in that garden but I like to walk to it and see what is happening there throughout the year.
What would be lost if it were not here?
In the rush to develop and “in-fill” lots in city neighbourhoods, it is sometimes forgotten that leaving space for things to grow naturally and provide light and air is also crucial. Once an area is developed and paved over, it never returns to green space. It is a one-way process.
What are your concerns about Spring Ridge Commons?
I am concerned that the commons will be seen as a nuisance property, especially if people are allowed to camp there or hang out, causing noise or other problems. Because it is not a city park, it isn’t checked by the police on a regular basis. I hope that it will not be developed or seen as a potential development property. Sometimes this nuisance factor can influence people into thinking that it would be better to develop the property.
I believe it is important to maintain green space in a city neighbourhood. It is too easy for a space like this to be seen as superfluous, but the fact that it has been planted and maintained says something about this neighbourhood and our appreciation of semi-wild green space. It also provides food for people and some education about what perennials will grow in a neighbourhood garden.
Imagine five years into the future. In your ideal future, what would be the same and what would be different about Spring Ridge Commons?
Five years in the future, I hope that Spring Ridge Common is still growing and that community involvement continues. I believe that it is a school board property, so perhaps the students of Vic High could be more involved now that they have a dedicated garden space on their campus. The original plantings were done to encourage a garden that didn’t need much maintenance, but would provide fruit and herbs to the community, as well as a place to sit and visit with friends and neighbours. Maybe some stewardship could be sought from an organization that shares the values of an open neighbourhood green space garden such as Spring Ridge Common.