SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The new Parks Master Plan for 2017 is currently being crafted to accommodate for the future of parklands and green spaces in the Township of Uxbridge for the next 10 to 20 years.
The Township of Uxbridge has hired Sierra Planning and Management as consultants to help develop the plan and assess the current and future needs of Uxbridge residents.
“Our concentration is on the field of Uxbridge,” said Pat Molloy, Deputy Mayor and Chair of Finance. “That’s where our property is and that’s where our facilities are going to be.”
Through the parks master plan, the fields of Uxbridge will become the hub for outdoor sports and recreational activities, according to Mr. Molloy.
The plan states it will add a 505-space parking lot, indoor swimming pool facility, bathrooms, a baseball diamond, pump track, bike trails connecting to existing trails, four tennis courts, and picnic areas.
The plan is essential for getting grants from the government to fund projects relating to parks and recreation. Mr. Molloy said the hiring of the consultants and crafting of the plan will cost around $40,000. He considers it a small price to pay because, through the plan, the town can get hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding and grants from the provincial government.
“It’s money well spent and the fruit will be in the fields of Uxbridge,” Mr. Molloy said.
The consultants also offer a different viewpoint on the needs of citizens living in Uxbridge. Sometimes council is too close to issues and need an outside perspective, according to Mr. Molloy.
“We need that third party look at what we’re doing, to make sure we’re making the right decisions for the future,” he said.
For future developments in the Fields of Uxbridge, council wants to avoid using tax payer dollars and focus on re-allocating existing township owned parks and greenspaces.
“By moving some of those assets that we have now, that’ll give us some of the funding that we need to make the fields of Uxbridge a real jewel. It will really be a beautiful place,” said Mr. Molloy.
There is an online survey available on the Township of Uxbridge website, to get input from the public about what they want to see done with parkland and green spaces. Uxbridge council is asking all Uxbridge residence to fill out the survey to get a better sense of the community’s needs. The survey can be done online, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UxbridgePublicSurvey, and is available until July 6th.
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