EVE-LYNN SWAN The Standard
UXBRIDGE: After much consideration, Uxbridge councillors asked Township staff to prepare a report on re-zoning, the value, and the costs of preparing parklands for sale.
The previous council adopted an extensive Parks Master Plan in March of 2018 and included recommendations to sell five properties deemed excess to the town’s recreation requirements. One property, the ball diamond located west of the Brock Street arena, has already been sold.
At the May 13th council meeting, attention centered on a parkette, on the north side of King Street, between Balsam and Beech streets, which has been on the block several times. Residents usually object, and they shelve the plans.
Both Clerk Debbie Leroux and Parks Manager Bob Ferguson submitted reports concerning the park, with Ferguson noting that it needs trees thinned, retaining walls repaired and upgrades to playground equipment.
Council listened intently as CAO Ingrid Svelnis advised them to consider preparing for the sale of other lands while looking at the King Street property, reminding them it needs to be done in order to advance the Fields of Uxbridge plan.
Parkland includes two sites on Joseph Street, south of Mill Street, which is a visual part of Elgin Park; the south end of Herrema Fields, and Uxpool’s site at One Parkside Drive.
Council agreed with Ms. Svelnis when passing the motion.
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