Knock­ing it out of the park

New de­vel­op­ment gets park ahead of sched­ule

Orleans Star - - LOCAL NEWS - Cather­ine Kitts

The front end­ing agree­ment that was reached with Mat­tamy is a pol­icy that was es­tab­lished af­ter the last mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion. This agree­ment asks the de­vel­op­per to con­struct parks as it builds the new com­mu­nity, so that those mov­ing into the homes won’t have to wait years to en­joy their public green space.

"It’s some­thing I heard a lot at the door dur­ing the last elec­tion," said Blais. "Fam­i­lies would be wait­ing six or seven years for a park to be built and by that time their kids had grown and weren’t in need of a play struc­ture any­more.

In ad­di­tion to the front end­ing agree­ment, Mat­tamy is also con­tribut­ing an ad­di­tional $355,279 above and be­yond what would oth­er­wise be spent on build­ing the parks.

The two parks have a to­tal value of $904,304 with the City con­tribut­ing $549,023 from de­vel­op­ment charges and Mat­tamy con­tribut­ing $355,279, over one third of the cost.

Photo: Pro­vided

Plans for the Phase one park, which is be­lieved to be com­pleted by the end of the year, in­clude a play struc­ture, shade struc­ture, path­ways and more.

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