December Update – Orchard Park Boundary Review, Medway ESA, Sherwood Forest school site

Orchard Park Public School BOUNDARY REVIEW

The boundary review process has been extended following the Community Meeting held on Monday, Nov. 28. Here is the new schedule:

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Changes Proposed to Orchard Park Public School

The Orchard Park Parent Council has prepared a
Boundary review fact sheet.

A Boundary Changes could have Orchard Park projected enrollment at 600+ students!
• NO Green Space – new school & parking areas will cover the property!
• NO Soccer pitch!
• NO Baseball diamond!
• Portables – Guaranteed!

Attend the “Boundary Review Community Meeting”
• November 28th, 6:30 pm at Eagle Heights (childcare provided)

October Updates

Lots of news ….

Medway Valley

The city will start the new Conservation Master Plan for the Valley next year with a 2013 completion date. There will be wide public involvement. Until the study is completed, there will be no new trails or pathways created nor a bridge over the Creek.

Sherwood Forest School Site

Some residents have started to meet to discuss creative ways to retain at least some green space for parkland after the school closes. You are invited to participate. The next meeting is Thursday, Oct 27 at 7 pm at 58 Doncaster Place.

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Analysis of park space for Orchard Park/Sherwood Forest neighborhood

As a follow-up to a meeting between the Orchard Park Sherwood Forest Ratepayers Executive, Councillor Nancy Branscombe, and Ross Fair, Executive Director, Community Services Department for the City of London, regarding the potential loss of the green space adjacent to Sherwood Forest Public School, the Ratepayers received an analysis of park space for the entire neighborhood. Highlights are:

Taken as a whole, the Orchard Park-Sherwood Forest community (bounded by Gainsborough, Wonderland, Sarnia Roads and the Medway Valley/Ramsey Road/Brescia Lane) meets the established standards for parkland….

There is an argument to be made for the addition of active park infrastructure (e.g. pathways, play structure) in this community. Currently, no investments dollars are on the horizon for at least the next 5 years. Although current city properties are not ideal locations, such investments are possible, provided consent of local neighbours. Acquisition of new lands, is not necessarily required for these purposes.

The full analysis is available here.