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Council sets budget for new neighbourhood park 0

By Sara Ross, Orillia Packet & Times

ORILLIA - 

The transformation of Hillcrest Public School into a neighbourhood park has been capped at $1 million.

At Monday’s council meeting, city staff announced they would begin a series of public consultations on the park’s creation Jan. 23.

“We want to make sure the public has public consultation, but that they are aware there’s a budget that (we need) to respect,” Mayor Angelo Orsi said Monday.

The $1-million budget includes $410,000 already set aside to tear down the Matchedash Street school building.

The city purchased the site for $600,000 after it was declared surplus by the Simcoe County District School Board.

In 2010, funding was allocated to hire a consultant to develop design plans for a neighbourhood park on the Hillcrest site, staff stated in a report.

Staff will be working with a landscape consultant to undertake the public-consultation and park-design processes.

“This work needs to proceed promptly in order to have a budget submission available for council as part of the 2014 budget-review process,” the staff report stated.

The public workshops will determine how the park will look and function, staff said.

The first workshop will take place Jan. 23 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. A location has not been determined.

The city plans to develop the park in 2014.

sara.ross@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @Sara_VRoss

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