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Clarington is creating a new vision and use for historic Camp 30 lands

Clarington December 16, 2016/- The Municipality of Clarington is looking to design a park plan for the historic Camp 30 lands located in Bowmanville. Clarington has signed an agreement with the Jury Lands Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation, to work together to create a park plan and a vision for the future use of the historic buildings and surrounding land. The new plan will look at ways to integrate the historic buildings with the residential neighbourhood and park land.

The Municipality has hired a consultant to work with the community and help create a concept plan to reuse the historic buildings that make up Camp 30. Camp 30, also a former boys’ training school, has been designated as a National Historic Site since 2013; those historic buildings sit on about 19-acres of land. They are surrounded by more than 100-acres of land that will also be part of the overall vision and design for the future neighbourhood.

Clarington is looking to conserve and celebrate the historic character and architecture of Camp 30 in the new park plan. The Municipality will look at reusing the historic buildings, creating a community hub in its place so that people can enjoy the space. The land immediately surrounding the historic buildings will be turned into parkland and will be accessible to all. The residential lands will be developed with an architectural theme and design that reflects the historic character of the original Camp 30 buildings.

“The Camp 30 buildings will be transformed and refurbished over a longer term, they will be reused as part of a larger community space,” said David Crome, Director of Planning Services. “We want to see the space redesigned so that our residents can walk in the footsteps of history, understanding the significance of the area.”

Once the concept plan for the land is created, Clarington will work with the Jury Lands Foundation to create a strategy to implement the community vision. The Municipality will also work with other levels of government, seeking additional funding sources to promote the lands, and educate the community about the area’s heritage and historical importance.

In 1925, the buildings opened and were used as a training school for delinquent boys. Later, during the Second World War, the space was used by the Allies to house captured high-ranking German officers. It is the only known PoW Camp in Canada with the original buildings from that era.

“This is very exciting for Clarington. We are planning for the redevelopment of the lands so our residents can use them, maintaining a real connection to the history of our community,” said Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster.

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