North Glengarry hopes its new Community Improvement Plan (CIP) will turn Alexandria’s Mill Square and Maxville’s King George Park into “people-friendly” places.
At meetings last week, architect Cécile Baird presented proposed Mill Square and King George Park improvements, that arose from the community visioning process. For Mill Square, she depicted a pedestrian path that would loop around the back of the 100year-old Priest’s Mill and waterfall, then west to Mill Pond.
This would connect Island Park to Alexandria’s downtown core and encourage a healthy flow of pedestrian activity in the Square, so the space could become a hub for the community. She recommended more greenery to enhance the experience.
“The concept proposed involves transforming Mill Square into a multifunctional public space with an accessible waterfront,” said economic development officer Kerri-Lynn Strotmann. “The space would serve as a street and a parking area, but could also serve as a public gathering space for special events or, perhaps in the future, the weekly public and artisanal market. “
To create the design for King George Park in downtown Maxville, Ms. Baird incorporated community suggestions and depicted a small stage at the north side of the park, while the exterior wall of Muir’s Bakery building on the south side could be used as a backdrop for holding movie nights on Summer evenings. The centre of the park space could include seating. The area is already being used by the farmers’ market.
The township will receive 50 per cent ($19,000) from a Canada 150 federal grant and will cover the remaining cost itself for a $39,000 Mill Square upgrade, while the Maxville community plans to fundraise to upgrade King George Park.
Priest’s Mill Glassworks owner Eric Covington said an improvement to Mill Square “would certainly do very well for me” to bring more people to his business.
He added he still hopes officials create a crosswalk on Main Street near Centre Street. The township said it will work on having some type of pedestrian crossing installed. “It’s dangerous to cross the road to get my morning cup of coffee,” said Mr. Covington.
He hopes to upgrade his business entrance with new signage and a retractable awning, saying the CIP grant program “makes it all a
area, off Highway 401, east of Lancaster. “We were going to one incident when Mr. Robertson’s truck over-turned. It was like a domino effect,” said Mr. Leroux.
The Lancaster fire hall recently recognized Mr. Robertson with the Firefighter of the Year award for 2015 for his committed service. Mr. Leroux describes Mr. Robertson, who has been a member of the brigade four years, as a humble man who is very conscientious and passionate about his work as a volunteer firefighter. Mr. Leroux relates Mr. Robertson is a very active and dedicated member of the fire department, adding because Mr. Robertson lives in Lancaster he attends to most calls and is active in the community.
“He will be missed for a period of time. I am looking forward to seeing him back in the station, active again,” added the chief. Mr. Leroux and two senior officers visited Mr. Robertson Sunday, and found him to be in good spirits. “Under the circumstances, he was very positive and was coherent. We had a few laughs. It’s all positive. We are waiting for the tests and results,” added Mr. Leroux. “We wish a very speedy recovery for Randy.”