A grassroots neighbourhood group has been given the go-ahead from Timmins City Council to redevelop a neglected park space behind the Porcupine Mall.
“Friends of Melview Park” want to change the name to “Porcupine Commons”. Member Carly Stringer told council last night that it would be a multi-generational park for people of all abilities. The plan is to raise the $420,000 cost from large corporate donations and government grants.
“I am happy to answer questions about the funding sources we’ve identified, but the point is we’re not asking the city to foot the bill for this whole project” said Stringer, later adding “our hope would be perhaps to consider it as a two-phase project, if we have enough money in place to proceed with some of it within 2022, perhaps the remainder, 2023.”
Her only ask of the city is for basic administrative functions.
HOUSING LOT SALE COULD SUPPORT FUNDRAISING
Council agreed to establish and put up for bids two housing lots on the edge of the park. Mayor George Pirie wants the proceeds to go to the park project. Only Coun. Cory Robin voted against that, wanting more accessible for vehicles at the site instead.
Park features will be based on the natural environment of the area, incorporating play and rest areas. Stringer says the grass would not be cut, in line with the natural theme, and to support species that pollinate.