BROCKTON – Council approved the staff recommendation to proceed going to tender with the concept plan for The Market Garden, and to launch the fundraising campaign.
The municipality acquired the property on Durham Street from the Wong family in early 2020. A committee was formed, and staff and committee members began planning for a multi-function greenspace. Recognition of the Wong family’s contribution to Walkerton via onsite interpretive panels is being developed as part of this project.
At the July 12 council meeting, the naming of the property “The Market Garden” was discussed as a tribute to the Wong family.
Construction cost of the plan is estimated at $239,514 and will be done in two phases.
Staff are investigating government grants to help fund the cost.
The fundraising campaign has a goal of $100,000. Bruce Power has already committed $50,000 to the project.
Coun. Steve Adams said he supports the project, which he described as “a good asset for Brockton.”
CAO Sonya Watson expressed confidence in the success of the fundraising campaign.
“The committee is committed to the fundraising campaign,” she said. “I think we’ll have success.”
Mayor Chris Peabody commented, “It’s a great design and will really anchor downtown.”
The concept drawing shows an elegant space with flowering trees, flower beds, pathways, lighting, a sitting area and even a small stage.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times