Selbourne Park is "A Diamond in the Rough" but it's our rough! The ball diamond
and skate facility is the first activity centre that visitors see as they enter
Port Stanley via Sunset Drive.
I believe it is a positive feature of our village for potential new residents, especially
those with families. I do not know when the park officially opened, but I remember
driving from London with my oldest son (30 this month), to play ball here in his
younger years and into his early teenage years. I assume the park has been there
for quite some time. My grandsons use the skate board facility every time they visit.
I know there has been ongoing discussions regarding the current location and condition
of our Fire Station. I find the statement regarding new fire apparatus not fitting
into the existing facility does not hold water. London also had that dilemma a number
of years ago. Their answer was to increase the size of the door openings, thus eliminating
the cost of relocating a Fire Station: i.e. #7 on Highbury Avenue, #9 on Wellington
Road, #4 on Colbourne Street. I do know that response times west of Kettle Creek
have increased due to our existing (newer) fire apparatus cannot use the lift bridge
due to weight restrictions, thus requiring response via Sunset, Warren and Carlow
Road to alarms, whether fire, medical or other response types.
Mr. Marr states that Selbourne Park is the ideal location for a new Fire Station,
and with his appointment (anointment) to the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, it
appears that the park's days may be numbered. I tend to agree with the location
only if it was vacant, which it is NOT! It does not have a structure other than
the washroom facilities and bleachers so our Heritage Committee consideration is
There must be other locations that are possible for a new Fire Station. There is
no statement regarding relocating the ball diamond; possibly the skate facility,
and of course, the costs involved.
Retired London District Fire Chief