On October 5th I made a report to Council requesting that the Donwood Parks Committee be disbanded. It’s a good news story. This was something that I campaigned on in 2018 and I was pleased to serve on the Committee with a group of dedicated volunteers.
The Donwood Parks Committee held their inaugural meeting on March 21, 2019 after concerns from residents prompted Council to put a plan in place to address the needs of Clintonia, Maryvale and Daleview Parks.
The committee worked to secure Trillium funding, worked with Otonabee Regional Conservation Authority, residents and staff with Council’s support and completed a number of upgrades and enhancements to the parks in the Donwood community.
Donwood Community Centre – The property was sold with the proceeds earmarked for the Donwood community.
Maryvale Park – A new garden and landscaping enhancements were made and a bench was installed.
Daleview Park – Was formally secured as a municipal park and ongoing maintenance was delegated to Township Staff. Three disc golf baskets were installed and signage for the park installed.
Donwood Fire Hall – In 2020 as a tribute to our front line workers, a garden was installed with memorial signage to recognize their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Clintonia Park – Drainage issues were addressed, antiquated equipment removed and dead trees were removed. A new playground structure was installed, the basketball court was installed, new recognition signage was installed and trees were planted.
The Committee met for a final time on September 22, 2021. A ribbon cutting event was held at Clintonia Park on September 25, 2021. Financial contributors to the Donwood Parks Committee Projects included the Trillium Foundation, Drain Brothers Contracting, Little Building Company and Gardens Plus. Committee members who volunteered their time included Chair Marc Trudeau, Angela Bullock, Chris Hickson and Mark Porter. Councillor Heather Watson was the Council appointee supported by Assistant Parks Manager Mike Mood as well as other staff.
Although the Donwood Parks Committee has disbanded there continues to be a grassroots community effort to further enhance the parks in Donwood. Volunteers are working together to fundraise and will be looking to come to Council for additional support for various finishes in due course. If you are interested in supporting this effort, please contact me and I will put you in touch with those involved.