DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: A new long-term plan for the Fields of Uxbridge, the township's recreation hub, were recently unvieled with some slight changes to the original concept from 2010 for the 70-acre property on Main St. North, the long-time site of St. John's Training School.
Among the changes presented to councillors at their meeting on the morning of Monday, May 2 are plans for four lighted tennis courts, a pump park, and a new baseball diamond, which would replace the antiquated Arena Diamond. In addition, the new aquatic centre would be located near the centre of the property.
A proposed community centre has been taken out of the plans, as consultant Richard Moore of Alexander Budrevics and Associates Ltd. informed councillors that it is no longer needed. However, a washroom pavilion is still in the works, and could be built as soon as the property is serviced with sewage and water. Prior to construction of the aquatic centre, the Region's pumping station in Sandy Hook will require upgrades to handle the additional demands on the system.
"One of our first priorities is to put sewage infrastructure in place, which would allow for washrooms to be built," Ward 2 Councillor and Deputy Mayor Pat Molloy told The Standard. "Then, we would be able to build the pool onto that existing structure."
However, Councillor Molloy added that work on the site is heavily dependent on funding partnerships, from the private sector as well as other levels of government.
"This is an exciting new long-term plan, but a lot of what was presented could still be years away from reality, its heavily dependent on funding," explained Councillor Molloy.
The plan will see a slight reconfiguration of the 19 soccer pitches on the property, a plan developed in partnership with the involvement of those involved with soccer in the community. As well, there will be links to Uxbridge's extensive trail network, with 42 acres designated as natural environment, as well as a picnic area in a park at the centre of the property.
Mr. Moore added that the property will include more than 500 parking spaces, with entrances off Main St., as well as Ball Rd., which would require upgrading as part of the new plan.
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