“The loss of Springwater Park would be a tragedy, not only for this community, but for future generations,”…
Another good article by Ian McInroy of the Barrie Examiner, Park’s animal ‘legacy’ in peril:
The clock is ticking for the wildlife compound at Springwater Provincial Park.
The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) has stated the compound — enclosures first built in the 1930s to house a variety of wild animals and birds — will be removed as part of the ministry’s plans to change the park’s status from operational to non-operational as of March 31.
Park maintenance, road access, comfort stations and other facilities, trail maintenance and the compound will no longer be available.
Romaine Miller eloquently sums up the value of caring for those creatures that cannot care for themselves:
“I will never forget the thrill of seeing deer up close — and feeding and petting them. They were trusting and beautiful,” she said.
“The compound cares for animals that have been injured in the wild, or are unable for a variety of reasons, unable to survive in the wild. This makes it unique among parks and an especially valuable treasure: one of a kind. It is a legacy for future generations,” Miller said.
“Today, we are able to enjoy provincial parks such as Algonquin Park and Springwater Park, because of the vision and the caring of the generations who preceded us. This is their legacy to us,” Miller added. “What will our legacy be for our children and the generations to come?
And still, a ray of hope on a breathtakingly beautiful day at the park:
“Reconsidering the decision to close Springwater Provincial Park represents an opportunity to demonstrate leadership and inspiration; to recognize a treasure of great value; and to create a meaningful legacy for future generations.”
That legacy should include the wildlife compound and all it offers to visitors, she added.
“It’s too bad the MNR can’t see the animals through the wondrous eyes of a child,” she said.
“The animal compound gives people an opportunity to develop a sensitivity and caring for animals they may not otherwise have.”