The winter is an exceptionally busy time at Springwater Park – Camp Nibi: both inside and out.
In the Barrie Advance, Group raises cash to help reopen Springwater Park:
A year of uncertainty about Springwater Park’s future has sown the seeds — and cash — for meaningful talks on a partnership to reopen the facility.
The Springwater Park Foundation has so far raised $103,000 and it’s putting its cash where its mouth is as it plans talks with the province’s Natural Resources Ministry.
Springwater resident Nancy Bigelow:
Now that the money’s set aside, Springwater Park Foundation chairperson Nancy Bigelow said she’s working to set a date to meet with the ministry. She can tell stories of people who have come to appreciate the park, which the ministry had said was experiencing a drop in visitors.
“You have to walk in, but it’s absolutely gorgeous. There are trails and plenty of people. On the weekends, it’s packed. All through the winter, there were snowshoers and cross-country skiers. It’s been impressive,” Bigelow said.
Our Anishinaabe friends continued their ceremonies all winter long:
“There won’t be so many overnight times. We’re not moving back in, but we’ll be doing ceremonies and teaching,” said the group’s Elizabeth Brass Elson. “We’re Camp Nibi and we plan on staying there forever. We haven’t finished our initiative.”
Springwater Park Citizens’ Coalition founder Les Stewart said talks are still ongoing and Springwater Township has set aside $10,000 to help reopen the park if an agreement is reached.
Running for deputy mayor of Springwater, Stewart said he’s keeping a keen eye on the park and efforts to reopen it.
“The park is in great shape and people have been using it all winter. We’re looking forward to an announcement from the MNR,” he said.