(March 26, 2013) Today Barrie MPP Rod Jackson made a statement to the Legislature asking the Liberal Government to reconsider its decision to close Springwater Provincial Park citing its significance to the surrounding area and lack of community consultation.
Jackson called on Minister Orazietti to consult with the public and community leaders to come to a compromise that will allow the park to remain open while achieving cost-saving measures that are so desperately needed.
“There are no parks like Springwater anywhere near Barrie so it fulfills a unique niche, serving as a great wildlife education experience for children and adults alike, but also as a place for businesses to hold retreats and families to have reunions.”
Jackson emphasized the importance of the World War I cenotaph dedicated to the Vespra Boys within the park. “These local veterans fought for the rights and freedoms we enjoy today. Decisions affecting this memorial should not be made lightly.”
MPP for Simcoe-Grey, Jim Wilson, explained that countless residents and local councils are opposed to this closure and have worked tirelessly to find ways that would allow the park to remain open.
“The loss of Springwater Park means the loss of facilities; it means the loss of maintained cross country skiing and hiking trails; and it means the loss of the animal sanctuary,” added Wilson.
Jackson continued, “I was not even informed of Springwater Park’s closure until I read about it in our local newspapers. Cloak-and-dagger decision-making is endemic to this Government, and the residents in all of the surrounding communities have to live with the outcome.”
“I sincerely hope that the Minister reconsiders his decision to close Springwater Park and commits to community consultations that lead to an alternate solution,” concluded Jackson.