Township opts for “natural” park
by Roger Varley
In response to requests from residents in the Campbell Drive/Cemetery Road area, Uxbridge council decided Monday to install a "natural" park in the area.
Facilities manager Bob Ferguson presented council with a report recommending that the park eschew the usual climbing structures, slides and swings and instead feature small boulders and low-lying balancing logs to "challenge the children to use their imagination and creativity".
Mr. Ferguson said there is a trend towards such natural parks, adding that they are less expensive to install and maintain. He said such parks are typically located near existing natural areas and the intent is to engage children in the natural habitat and build their knowledge of the environment.
He said moving playground equipment from another, less used park to the Campbell Drive area would not be a recommended option since it would no long be under warranty if moved from its original installation site.
Although three sites were contemplated, council agreed with Mr. Ferguson's recommendation that it be installed near the storm water management pond on Campbell Drive.