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Parkland priority project funds approved

Priority projects for several Prince Edward County parklands moved forward at council’s committee of the whole meeting today, as part of a Parks and Recreation Master Plan to be presented as park of the 2022 budget deliberations.

Council received a report on the current state of its parkland reserve funds – which includes funds from dedication of land to the municipality for park purposes, or payment of cash-in-lieu of parkland from developments – and funds in place before amalgamation.

The Parkland Reserve Fund currently includes:
Rural severances (County-wide) $442,500
Picton development $188,091
Ameilasburgh development $95,515 (predates amalgamation and is held in a separate Parkland fund)
Athol development $42,000 (specifically dedicated to development at the Glendon Green boat launch)
Wellington development $29,000
Other development (remaining wards) $31,720

At the meeting, council approved $87,500 to be allocated – if grant funding is successful – to its required contribution to the Canadian Community Revitalization Fund application for $350,000 for a 2.5 km Picton Harbour trail for community use.

It also approved spending $51,000 from the Ameliasburgh fund as municipal contribution if successful in its funding application for a Community Building Grant of $252,000 for Roblin Lake to upgrade the ball diamond lighting, field irrigation, rsurfacing and bleachers.

It also approved $50,000 toward a trail and lookout at Glendon Green boat launch at East Lake and $20,000 for community-assisted environmental sustainability and naturalization initiatives.

It also approved $20,000 toward community assisted environmental and naturalization initiatives yet to be determined.

Lisa Lindsay, director of recreation and community facilities, told council the Parks and Recreation Master Plan will outline projects and how carrying costs will be paid, along with what is needed – such as multi-use courts, ball diamonds, picnic areas, trails and walkways.

“We know where our parkland spaces should be. This plan will help us use those funds as they come in.”

Currently the County has 23 parks with playgrounds and 10 sports fields; five tennis courts, one splash pad, one skate park, a dog park, many hectares of passive parkland and open spaces; the 45-km Millennium Trail, seven formal boat launches, Wellington Beach and Picton and Wellington harbours.

According to the Planning Act, cash-in-lieu of parkland funds can be spent on the acquisition of land to be used for park or other public recreational purposes, the erection, improvement or repair of buildings and the acquisition of machinery for park or other public recreational purposes.

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  1. Lisa says:

    How about a sign showing where the Millenium Trail is? Beautiful trail yet no entry way, no garbage cans, no picnic tables no nothing. Honestly the argument put forward by council to not beautify the Picton gravel lot was cars or trailers, having to empty garbage? People park there and it is sad and there should be a proper proud entry.

  2. Hedy says:

    I would like to see a list of the locations of the “many hectares of passive parkland and open spaces” available for public use, so that I could access some of them for walks. Which spaces are they talking about? Is Delhi and Hill Street parkland, and the Macaulay trail among these ‘passive’ spaces? If so, where are the others? As I understand it, the Conservation areas are space requiring Payment, so where is other ‘passive’ parkland?
    Thank you.

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