Parking is at a premium for the shops in Lansdowne Park. (Tony Caldwell/Ottawa Sun)
Jon Willing, Ottawa Sun
Lansdowne Park is becoming exactly what the local councillor wanted to avoid when the city was designing the urban park and shopping district.
"I think it's terrible," Capital Coun. David Chernushenko told the Sun Monday. "There's far more vehicle traffic on the whole site than what was envisioned."
Chernushenko said the city will need to do something before a car "culture" becomes prominent on the site.
The most glaring evidence is the pop-up parking lot that has occasionally taken over Aberdeen Square, an area between Aberdeen Pavilion and the Cineplex.
The city put up "no parking" signs but motorists still pull in. Chernushenko said, based on anecdotal evidence from security, motorists say they are just quickly visiting a store. More barriers or traffic control staff might be necessary, he said.
Lansdowne has a paid underground parking lot and some paid surface parking. The city and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group anticipated that would be enough parking when combined with street parking in the Glebe.
Lansdowne was designed to be friendlier to other modes of transportation — cycling and walking — and to naturally discourage car traffic.