Landscape NL is expressing some serious concerns about the quality of work being undertaken as part of the Victoria Park revitalization project.
The historic park is undergoing a multi-million dollar facelift through funds raised through the Victoria Park Foundation and matched by the city of St. John’s. But President of Landscape NL, Michael Murray says in his opinion the work is not proceeding well.
As an association, Landscape NL wants to eliminate what it calls “failed landscapes” by ensuring professional Landscape Industry Certification or Red Seal Designation. Murray calls the work in Victoria Park, “shoddy” and may even require tear up.
He says the wrought iron fence is not on mark, the stone work is inadequate and there is not enough topsoil in the plantings.
The work has not been completed, but city officials say the work must adhere to city standards, and until the full scope of the project is complete, there may be deficiencies which are being addressed. The city will not pay the contractor for deficient or incomplete work.
St. John’s city councillors have agreed not to conduct interviews in the lead-up to the municipal election, but a city spokesperson says Murray is welcome to contact them to discuss his concerns.