UXBRIDGE: Residents of Campbell Dr. in Uxbridge are split on what type of park should be built in the neighbourhood.
During an Uxbridge Council Meeting on Monday, May 16, a group representing a part of the community that wants to retain a ‘Passive’ Park on Campbell Drive made a presentation to council stating their opinion and potential solution to the debate.
In January, council approved $20,000 to the purchase of natural playground equipment for the area. This decision did not sit well with some residents.
A passive park is defined as a park that maintains the natural aspects already in place and everything built in the area is built around allowing the public to enjoy and preserve the natural aspects of the park.
The other side of the debate would like an active park be installed. An active park is the standard metal or plastic recreational park that children can climb on, featuring various obstacles and activities.
Another group of residents, believe that an active park is a better idea for the community, bringing people together and giving children something to do. The group has been raising additional funds to support the active park.
Brenda Marshall, a representative of the group that would like to leave the area as it is, explained that residents were worried about not getting a say as to what should or shouldn’t be built there. “You can picture that for people who thought this issue would be revisited, this was really shocking,” said Marshall. “How did we go from, this would be revisited, to: a park has been approved?”
The group says they have a petition of 89 signatures, representing 44 homes to leave the park as a passive park.
The group also offered a solution to residents that believe an active park is needed. “I understand the importance of play, but the community is privileged to have this beautiful nature for play,” said Michelle Zante, a representative of the passive park group. “There is a playground less than 1.2 kms away from the passive park on Campbell Dr. at Uxbridge Public School. There is an active park there available to the public,” continued Zante.
“There is an active park there available to the public,” continued Zante.
The group says they spoke with the Principal of Uxbridge Public School and believe a partnership between the school and the town is a better place to spend the money on a new park. The group says the current park at the school has both natural and traditional park elements and has sidewalks, parking, and security already in place. The group believes a partnership could expand the existing facilities and can serve the needs of 300 to 500 children.
Ward 4 Councillor, Fred Bryan, who represents the neighbourhood, said the town is doing everything in it’s power to do what is best for the entire community. “The whole idea behind this is to make the most amount of people happy,” said Councillor Bryan.“The park has been approved, but it’s on hold until we make a better decision. We’re going take all this information that we have, we’re going to sit down and talk about it.”