In these tough times, at first blush selling off parkland
might seem like a good solution for a municipality trying to make ends meet. But it can’t be good business for the municipality to promote hiking trails on the one hand while bulldozing parkland with the other.
Victoria Glen Park is right next to the Kissing Bridge trail, so you’d think its continued existence would be important to the health of the community for tourism if nothing else. We don’t live next door to Victoria Glen Park, but that doesn’t make it any less important to my family. It’s part of our natural environment.
There are trees and wildlife in abundance.
Just last weekend we dropped by for a stroll.
The weather started turning and we had to beat a hasty retreat, but in the half hour or so we were there we saw a thriving family of ducks on the river, as well as other birds in the trees and the skies above.
Ahead of us on the trail a huge raccoon scootched up a really big tree. I left the path in an attempt to get close enough to the tree to get a good photograph, but in trying to work my way through the undergrowth, I completely lost track of his tree!
This is a real forest.
And for sure it’s taken a long time to get this way.
Victoria Glen Park provides a valuable refuge for birds, raccoons and other animals whose natural habitat is displaced due to development.
I was always so impressed at how neat the Victoria Glen forest is. Even though there aren’t any parks department garbage cans, I’ve seen next to no litter there.
As it turns out the local residents are so invested in this little piece of heaven that they trim the pathways and pick-up the litter. Talk about low maintenance for the municipality, right?
Except the town is looking at selling this little gem of a park to make way for even more housing.
Oops, I forgot… it is NOT parkland.
The township of Woolwich purchased this seven acre woodlot to be used as parkland for something like two hundred dollars close to a century ago.
Shortly after World War II the municipality rezoned it as residential because returning veterans faced a housing shortage. At that time it was thought to be better to situate housing on park land than on valuable farmland.
But you know they managed to preserve Victoria Glen Park for future generations.
But now the municipality thinks that they might get a million or more if they sell off part of the forest for housing.
The current crop of politicians is looking at Victoria Glen Park as though they’re selling off residential land, not park land even though…
Victoria Glen Park has only ever been used as park land.
Ironically, the town is growing faster than ever before.
With the former fair grounds and a substantial amount of farmland around town being developed into residential subdivisions,
every inch of park land in Woolwich Township will be even more precious.
For more information:
Preserve Victoria Glen Park