Moncton — An environmental group in Moncton is fighting the city’s decision to turn an empty sports field into a paved parking lot, saying the area would lose one of its most important spaces for discreet, late-night encounters with local prostitutes.
Heritage Developments Limited, the company that bought the former Moncton High School football field last summer, is planning to convert it into a more easily accessible late-night hookup spot with 559 available spaces — but is currently butting heads with conservationists at the Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance, who say the field is already well suited for the sex trade.
“We understand residents’ desire to keep as much green space in the city as possible,” said one city official, who asked to remain nameless. “I get it, when you bring a sex worker to a dimly lit, isolated area, you really just want to look at some trees and grass, instead of the depraved sexual acts being performed on you that make you realize what a monster you are and that nobody will ever really love you.
“But we have to look at sustainability from an urban planning standpoint,” he added.
The land was previously zoned for “community use,” which includes sporting activities like amateur soccer tournaments, the yearly Highland Games, and late-night trading of money for sexual services.
The field used to be part of Hall’s Creek salt marsh, the Watershed Alliance said, but the near-constant flow of sex trafficking has earned it the title of “wetlands” for other reasons.
“This space next to Moncton High is part of the city’s heritage — if we’re saving the school, we should also work to preserve the memories of all the teenagers over the years who lost their virginity in cars on that very lot, many of whom would grow up to become the hookers, pimps and Johns who keep the local economy going.”
The Alliance is also worried about the increased risk of flooding that would come with paving over the lot, warning that a sudden surge of water would bring wave after wave of used condoms into the city centre.
“This could be a disaster on par with the great Highfield Square parking lot sinkhole of 2011, triggered one night by the force of too many cars rocking vigorously back and forth.”