Maxville me­dieval park plan clears hur­dle

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BY AN­GELA BROWN

Staff A new at­trac­tion near Maxville is closer to be­com­ing a real­ity now that North Glen­garry Town­ship has given the go-ahead to an archery-tag game park and me­dieval vil­lage, pend­ing ap­proval of a site de­vel­op­ment plan.

At its re­cent meet­ing, town­ship coun­cil agreed to change the zon­ing for the 55-acre prop­erty at 18350 Kenyon Con­ces­sion Road 5 from agri­cul­tural to agri­cul­tural spe­cial ex­cep­tion, al­low­ing own­ers Daniel Duch­e­neaux and Kathe­rina Stark to use the prop­erty for a com­mer­cial tourism pro­ject.

The pro­ject should have only min­i­mal im­pact on the nat­u­ral, ru­ral en­vi­ron­ment. How­ever, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity noted the busi­ness must re­ceive ap­proval from the East­ern On­tario Health Unit for any ac­tiv­i­ties where food items are sold and to en­sure wa­ter qual­ity at the site meets re­quired stan­dards.

The town­ship must OK the sep­tic sys­tem and a site de­vel­op­ment plan that will in­clude details about the hours of op­er­a­tion, park­ing re­quire­ments, and a list of an­i­mals that will make up the “an­i­mal in­ter­ac­tion” cen­tre. The pro­po­nents re­quire a green light from the On­tario Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs (OMAFRA) for the an­i­mal in­ter­ac­tion site, show they are fol­low­ing health and safety reg­u­la­tions, and con­duct traf­fic and noise stud­ies. The own­ers, who will con­tinue to live on the site, will also work at the ven­ture that will help “boost the econ­omy by cre­at­ing jobs,” ac­cord­ing to their pro­posal. Apart from the pet­ting area, at­trac­tions will con­sist of a re-en­act­ment bat­tle field, an archery tag zone, a sep­a­rate archery field, a me­dieval vil­lage and re-en­act­ment cen­tre, farm pro­duce and me­dieval mer­chan­dise out­let, and a venue for plays, weddings, and so­cial func­tions. In the 100-foot by 50-foot archery tag venue, play­ers will use foam-tipped ar­rows and wear pro­tec­tive masks. Cus­tomers will be able to pur­chase fruits, veg­eta­bles, eggs and other pro­duce from the farm, as well as prod­ucts from the me­dieval mer­chan­dise out­let. Ven­dors will sell me­dieval-style cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories, such as swords, jew­ellery, arts and crafts.

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