Council highlights: Haig Faculty property to be developed by Metropolis of Weyburn for recreation area – DiscoverWeyburn.com

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During the regular Weyburn City Council meeting tonight, the council approved the land transfer from the Southeast Cornerstone Public School Division for the former Haig School property.

The relocation has already been approved by the school board and, after a planning phase, will most likely be used for recreational purposes by the city.

City Manager Mathew Warren said the City of Weyburn’s Recreation Department will develop the site as a new multipurpose park area to provide the community with a wide variety of inclusive and easily accessible outdoor recreation opportunities. As the plot is in a semi detached house (R2) these plans would be permissible subject to City Council approval and would fit in with the local area.

He also said the site development plan needs to be finalized as further consultation and assessment is required to ensure future investments meet the needs and desires of the community. Adequate time is also required to properly plan and budget for major capital investments that may involve significant construction costs.

Early considerations of what might be included in the new recreation area, Warren says, might include preserving and enhancing the five existing ball diamonds, creating a modified cricket pitch, outdoor athletic field and winter ice skating rink, community garden lots, a pump track, or others additional amenities, additional lighting, irrigation and landscaping as needed and/or a parking lot for the new site and existing Don Mitchell Park.

“Housing and funding the project requires partnership with other community groups, accessing grant funding, and exploring other sponsorship opportunities,” Warren noted. “For all remaining construction work, the cost of the annual site meeting will be within the park’s budget on our annual basis.”

Councilman Jeff Richards said he was pleased to have the property on the city’s inventory and that while he had some concerns about future budgets at all levels, he welcomed the city manager’s statement about the planning process, which will take at least a full year appreciates, with any development not taking the city’s budget process until 2024 at the earliest.

Also admitted during the meeting were three new members of the Library Committee, Jasmine Fedak, Carley Istace and Cheryl Mahoney. The council also approved the addition of Karla Kennedy to take Verna O’Neill’s place on the Weyburn Walk of Fame Committee for the remainder of her tenure.

Councilor Jeff Richards thanked those who serve on our many committees.

Read the full details in the Council agenda HERE.