DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: With numerous projects planned for the Fields of Uxbridge, revisions may soon be coming to the Master Plan for the recreation complex.
During discussions regarding a proposed cycling Pump Park at council’s meeting on the morning of Monday, Dec. 7, CAO Ingrid Svelnis noted that with several other projects to possibly be located at the Main St. site, a proposal is currently in the works to revise the Master Plan for the site, which was originally completed in June 2010.
“The 2016 budget has a request for a further look at the Master Plan, because there are a number of things at that location that are all coming together at the same time,” Ms. Svelnis explained.
The proposed Pump Park is just one of many potential projects for the site including changes to the layout of current soccer fields, permanent washroom facilities, a resolution to long-standing parking issues, a new aquatic centre to replace the aging Uxpool as well as a new home for the Uxbridge Tennis Club.
“We need to look at what are the overall needs for that site. Right now, there’s a lot of interest in relocating to that site,” added Ms. Svelnis. “It’s great that the property is going to become what we thought it would, but there’s a lot of issues that need to be looked at.”
As well, with 2016 municipal budget deliberations starting the next day, ongoing maintenance as part of the proposed Pump Park, with Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor pointing out that in addition to ongoing maintenance, there are also issues regarding parking, lighting and insurance. The mayor also noted that servicing the site and building permanent washrooms are a priority for the municipality as the Fields of Uxbridge continue to grow.
“We have to have an idea of how much this is going to cost going forward. When we commit to it, we’re making a commitment to these ongoing costs, we can’t close our eyes and think that it’ll be free,” commented Mayor O’Connor. “And, we can’t get too much more going on up there without permanent washrooms.”
It was noted by township Manager of Recreation, Culture and Tourism, Amanda Ferraro, that the Pump Park committee, which includes newly-elected Ward 3 Councillor Dave Barton, is “in its embryonic stage at this point, mostly exploring costs and designs.”
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