Township purchases 90-acre property beside Fergus sportsplex

FERGUS – Centre Wellington Township has purchased 90 acres of land beside the Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex for $4.8 million.

Mayor Shawn Watters announced the acquisition on June 24 after coming out of a closed session of council.

“It will enhance opportunities to provide recreation for our growing community,” Watters said at the meeting.

“It’s a very exciting day for the community, for council and staff.”

In a press release, Watters added, “The expansion of the sportsplex property from 64 acres to over 150 acres will unlock numerous opportunities for festivals, sporting events and community gatherings in the future. 

“A heartfelt thank-you to our staff for securing this remarkable property and for their vision in enhancing our community’s recreational assets.”

The township is embarking on a review of its Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

New recreational land will help provide space for more and new programs that will be identified during the review.

“This strategic purchase will enhance our ability to offer diverse recreational opportunities and meet the growing needs of Centre Wellington residents,” states a township press release.

The 2018 Parks and Recreation Master Plan highlighted the need for a total of approximately 300 acres of parkland by 2028, the release states.  

In 2018 the township had 240 acres. Since then an additional 17 acres of parkland has been added to the inventory, mainly through new development.

With the township expected to double in population by 2051, more recreational facilities will be required.

“Ensuring we meet these future needs is essential for maintaining the quality of life and recreational opportunities for all residents,” the release states.

Council was unanimous in its approval of the purchase.

“I’m excited for the investment we made today,” said councillor Jennifer Adams at the meeting.

“It will improve activity, health and wellness of Centre Wellington.”