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Started by Splash. Last reply by Splash Mar 20, 2008.

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Comment by Splash on July 29, 2008 at 12:33pm
Cotton Park was quite easy to find, although the baskets were not. It looks like the course has been pulled out of the park, as according to an article in today's Guardian, no mention of DG was listed in the future prospects of this park:

http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=157124&sc=98

It won't last long as a link, so here is the article:

Stratford creating new plan for Cotton Park

ISABELLE GALLANT
The Guardian

The Robert L. Cotton Memorial Park is on the site of a former nursery and contains rare trees and shrubs. The Town of Stratford is creating a new plan for the park that could include a labyrinth and a community garden. Guardian photo

STRATFORD — The Town of Stratford is creating a new plan for Robert L. Cotton Memorial Park.
The town recently held two public meetings to find out what the public wanted for the future of the park.
The meetings unfortunately had low turnout, said Stratford town Councillor Diane Griffin.

“They didn’t receive huge publicity. They were at times when the weather was really nice . . . it’s really tough to get people’s attention to come indoors on a nice, warm, summer evening.”

But even with a total of only eight residents at the two meetings, they made their thoughts clear.

“The feeling from the people present at the meeting was that the use of the park should be less intensive forms of use,” said Griffin.
“In other words, not things that would create a large need for additional parking or other facilities.”

The town wants to keep the park as a place for passive recreation, such as walking and running.

“It’s not a place where we’ll be constructing water slides or amusements or that kind of thing,” said Stratford Mayor Kevin Jenkins.

Future plans for the park could include a community garden, a labyrinth, more walking trails and new trees planted.

The people at the meetings found the idea of a labyrinth intriguing, said Jenkins. Labyrinths are used around the world for meditative walks and as healing tools.

They also liked the idea of a community garden, said Griffin, but she says it would come with some issues.

“We would have to address such things as would pesticides be used, or would this be a strictly organic community garden patch. (Also) how big would it be, how would you start out. Those were some of the things that were discussed.”

The town hired Gary Schneider, the manager of the Macphail Woods forestry project, to work on the park’s new plan.

He gave a visual presentation at the meetings to show what the new ideas could look like.

Schneider is known to have a longstanding interest in using native species of trees and shrubs.

The town will create a plan for the park that it will present at the fall budget proposal, said Griffin.

“I think once we get to a stage where there are some more definitive proposals on the table, and people have that to react to, if they’re in favour of something they may be fairly quiet, but if they’re not in favour, we’ll hear it.”

Before Cotton Park, the land along the Hillsborough River was a provincial nursery, started in 1946 by Island businessman and philanthropist Robert L. Cotton.

The nursery was an important place for rural Islanders to buy exotic and ornamental plantings until it closed in 1996.

“I remember my mother ordering shrubs from the nursery,” said Griffin.

The Town of Stratford bought the land from the province and opened Cotton Park in 1998.

The park is important for several reasons, said Griffin.
“It’s got some very interesting and rare trees and shrubs in it . . . it’s got both natural features and that historical feature about it that really makes it very special.”

29/07/08
 

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