Matthew Pearson, Ottawa Citizen
The pedestrian friendly layout of Lansdowne Park is proving confusing to motorists who aren't banned from the area, but aren't particularly welcome either.
There seems to be some growing pains at Lansdowne Park as drivers and pedestrians alike are confused about who belongs where.
Although vehicles can enter and exit the park in three places, much of the site has been redeveloped with people travelling on foot or bike in mind. The cobblestone roads and squares are level and don't feature the hallmarks of a typical city street, including a lot of signage and other directions to drivers.
Vehicle traffic is prohibited during Ottawa RedBlacks games and other major events at TD Place stadium, and only club seat ticket holders have access to the underground parking lot. Everyone else enters on foot.
But at other times, it feels like bit of free-for-all, and that's proving to be tricky.
In addition to the Ottawa Farmers' Market's return to Lansdowne last Sunday, there was also a pottery show in the Horticulture Building and an Ottawa 67s game in the arena. Meanwhile, many of the larger retailers, including Whole Foods and Sporting Life, were open and eager to attract business. All of this combined to make for a busy day at the park.
Capital Coun. David Chernushenko was there until around lunchtime and said he witnessed a lot of "nervous behaviour" on the part of drivers who appeared to have no clue where they could go. Pedestrians also appeared unclear about where they belonged.
Restricting cars some of the time and allowing them at other times may be confusing to the public and contributing to the problem, he said.