John Donoghue, a resident and father of two from Severn Bridge attended the meeting to speak about the need for a playground in their small but “growing, thriving community” that has seen an “increase in young families coming through.”
He said he must drive 10-20 minutes to get to a public space to enjoy nature and that there is an obvious need for an inclusive, multi-purpose playground for all residents to enjoy. Donoghue also noted that enrollment at KP Manson school has been increasing steadily for a few years and has some of the highest growth rates in the Trillium District School Board.
He proposed that the Municipal property on Southwood Road beside the Severn Bridge Fairgrounds could be a potential location.
Mayor Kelly suggested that Donoghue, along with the Agricultural Society who would be spearheading the idea, submit their proposal to the Parks and Recreation Master Plan so that they could qualify for grant money in future. Kelly noted that there wouldn’t be any budget allocated for 2022 for such a project but that the new council could decide how to proceed with support.
A petition has been set up online and can be found at https://www.change.org/p/childrens-playground-on-municipal-land-in-severn-bridge
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