Councillor questions changes to Campbellville park plan

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MARK

Hawkesbury, Canada

#1 Dec 30, 2012
Councillor questions changes to Campbellville park plan

Did Town of Milton staff go too far in making changes to a park plan?

That’s what one councillor is questioning after learning the concept plan for the Campbellville Old Park was revised with modifications including removing the outfield fence of a baseball diamond to accommodate a walking trail.

Ward 4 Councillor Rick Malboeuf said he’s concerned the changes went beyond the minor modifications staff were permitted to make when the plan was approved in late June, and he believes they should have been brought before council.

“What concerns me is had I not been informed by the people in Campbellville, we (council) would not know this was going forward,” he told his fellow councillors at the November 26 meeting of town council.

However, Ward 3 Councillor Cindy Lunau said she doesn’t believe the changes to the 3.2 acre site — at the northwest corner of Campbellville Avenue and Weelihan Way — were inappropriate.

“I certainly recognize that councillors have a right to state their opinions, but I don’t think anything was done wrong whatsoever,” she said.

“The discussion, as I recall at council, was that the park design be accepted with minor modifications as was acceptable by the community.”

Joy Anderson, the Town’s senior manager of recreation services, explained the revisions were made following two additional meetings held with the public over the summer.

“What was suggested to staff at the time was to take a look to see if we could continue with a park trail through the park,” she said, adding that staff examined the possibility of removing the outfield fence of a baseball diamond to accommodate it.

After discussions with groups who use the diamond and residents in the area, staff decided to make the changes to the concept plan to create a more linear trail through the park, Anderson said.

Removing the fence means the ball diamond will no longer meet regulations for the older division baseball league, a major bone of contention when the plan was approved in June. However, as part of discussions during the additional meetings, arrangements were made for the league to play in the Cambpellville New Park, Anderson told the Champion.

Malboeuf put a motion forward to have staff prepare a report clarifying whether the appropriate direction was followed. The resolution was supported by the majority of council after lengthy discussion.

Mayor Gord Krantz said he suspects few councillors really know what’s going on in the matter and would like to have all the facts laid out on the table.

The park project is currently in the detailed design phase before construction commences next spring
Jim

Toronto, Canada

#2 Dec 30, 2012
Jean

Toronto, Canada

#3 Dec 30, 2012

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