UXBRIDGE: The Campbell Dr. Playground saga has finally come to an end.
During a Council Meeting on Monday, June 20, councillors approved a recommendation from Ward 4 Councillor Fred Bryan, to reverse the decision to build a playground on Campbell Drive and to leave it the way it is.
Back in January, a group of residents came to council, claiming 70 percent of the residents in the neighbourhood wanted to see a new playground on Campbell Dr.. The proposed playground was approved, with $20,000 in funding from Uxbridge and an additional $13,000 raised by the pro-park group.
In May, a separate deputation was heard from a group that was opposed to the playground being built.
This controversy led to Councillor Bryan sending letters to all the houses on Campbell Dr. and Cemetery Rd., asking for feedback of either yes or no to a playground being built on Campbell Dr..
Letters had to be back by June 10, and in a 60/40 split, residents voted to leave the park the way it is. Just under 100 letters were received, out of the 137 letters sent out. “I am confident in the results that came in that this is what the majority wants,” said Councillor Bryan.
The $20,000 put away for the playground will be returned to the Parks, Facilities, and Arena reserves. According to Councillor Bryan, Uxbridge staff will be contacting residents that donated money towards the playground and either return their money or put it towards something else, such as taxes.