Wilson Thanks Community for Their Efforts with Reopening Springwater Park
(August 5, 2015) Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson is pleased to announce that after a three yearlong battle with the Liberal government Springwater Park has reopened to the public for daily use. Wilson congratulates residents of the community and all those involved for their hard work and dedication to make this day a reality.
Wilson, along with many community members, was not invited to the reopening. Instead Premier Kathleen Wynne put politics ahead of Ontarians and sent Liberal MPP Ann Hoggarth, who represents the riding of Barrie.
"For the past three years, residents of our area have joined with me to fight for the reopening of Springwater Park," said Wilson. "We collected petitions, held rallies, wrote letters and I raised the matter in the Ontario Legislature on a number of occasions. It is nice to see the hard work of our community pay off, but I do question why many of those involved were not allowed to attend the opening. It's shameful."
The Liberal government announced the closure of Springwater Provincial Park in September 2012 without consultation. Countless residents and local councils opposed the closure and worked tirelessly to find ways to allow the park to remain open. Springwater Park is now open for public use under a five year co-management and operational agreement between the Beausoleil First Nations and the Province of Ontario.
"Despite the partisan politics, I would like to thank the entire community of Springwater and surrounding area for their persistence in getting this park reopened," said Wilson. "It is because of their continued advocacy that the government has agreed to reopen this local treasure and we can't let their efforts be overshadowed."