UXBRIDGE: A popular summertime tradition in Uxbridge may be on the move again, with the Uxbridge Classic Car Cruise-In apparently outgrowing its current venue at Uxbridge Arena.
Included in councillors’ agendas for their meeting on the morning of Monday, Sept. 9, was a letter from Cruise-In organizers Rob Holtby and Bruce Statton requesting use of Elgin Park for the Thursday night attraction next summer.
According to their letter, preliminary discussions between the pair and township staff, the suggestion was made that the northwest corner of the park would be a more suitable location for the show, which only two years ago relocated to the arena after swelling past the space available in the parking lot at the former Dominion Auto building on Reach St.
The request also asked for use of Elgin Park’s washroom facilities, a very small amount of hydro and a small secure area for organizers to store sound equipment.
However, it was the request for a section of the park to be paved that drew the greatest response from councillors.
In their letter, it was requested that the driveway into the park would need to be paved from Elgin Park Dr. to the existing paved area near the Lions Club Food Building.
"They need to know that the paving is going to cost $25,000," commented Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor.
"Are we going to pave it as part of our next budget? Maybe not when you look at the number of other roads in the township that are in need of repairs."
Mayor O’Connor would go on to point out the large draw the weekly car show is for the community.
"When you look at the number of cars they draw for major events, it’s substantial," added Mayor O’Connor.
Council ultimately decided to simply receive the correspondence for information, and will look at setting up a meeting between organizers and township staff as well as members of council in the near future. Eventually, other major users of Elgin Park may be included as part of the discussion.
"This is an additional large event for the park," added Ward 4 Councillor Jacob Mantle. "Maybe not at the initial meeting, but at some point, we should get input from the other major users of Elgin Park."