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A plan to make Minerva Park more vibrant is hoped to be completed by summer 2018

The public has been given a prosed plan for Minerva Park.  Ahead of last night’s regular McKellar council meeting, council held a public meeting to outline a proposed plan and to get some input from ratepayers.  Reeve Peter Hopkins told the public at the beginning of the meeting that a walking bridge would not be part of the plan because of cost.  There is a reserve fund with about $60,000 in it that was intended for a bridge that could be used to go towards the park, but that will be something council will have to vote on as cost estimates come in.

Councillor Morley Haskim says Minerva Park is the welcoming mat of the community and the more attractive it is, the more beneficial it will be to the community.  One resident agreed saying the park should have a ‘wow’ factor to it and that council shouldn’t rush as the community has waited 20 years already.  Another resident suggested that the park should be a four-season park.

To date, the park has received top soil, seeding and grading, additional electrical outlets, three temporary picnic tables, and three benches has been selected and will be lagged down later this week.  Councillor Morley Haskim hoped to expand the ad-hoc committee overseeing the park plan this fall to come up with a pavilion design, dockage plan, signage plan and more, but council is waiting to vote on that until their next council meeting.

The proposed plan hopes to have a new pavilion, new information kiosk, a new washroom enclosure, new dockage, and signage by the end of this term of council.


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