Additional park space eyed in Point Edward pending land swap

Point Edward Sign. Submitted photo.

Point Edward residents are being asked for their input regarding the use of a proposed land swap between the village and Federal Bridge Corporation (FBCL).

Village CAO Jim Burns said the exchange would see the village obtain former residential lots adjacent to the Point Edward Memorial Arena and Veterans Park.

“What we would like to do with the land is turn it into a bit of a passive park area,” said Burns. “We’d look to plant some native species, vegetation, trees, plants and maybe put some benches or picnic tables in there just to have it as a nice quiet area. That’s our thinking but the reason for the public meeting is to get some feedback on what they would like to see there.”

Burns said one condition of the swap is that the village avoid constructing buildings on the site.

The land obtained by the FBCL will be the former Bridge Street road allowance so that it can control access to the bridge plaza.

There’s an open house planned on Wednesday from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Point Edward Optimist Hall.

Burns doesn’t anticipate any complaints from nearby residents.

“Generally, people don’t mind having a passive park beside them,” he said. “Generally, there won’t be people there or a lot of noise generated. It’ll be a quiet area. I don’t see there being concerns, but people might have ideas on what they would like to see at the park.”

Burns said there will be no formal presentation, but residents will have the chance to ask questions and raise any concerns.

There will be a one month period after the open house in order for the public to provide written comments regarding the land swap.