Time is up for two heritage buildings in Sandbanks Provincial Park, located in Ontario’s Prince Edward County.
Despite multiple pleas to save the Hyatt House and MacDonald House, Thursday marked the day of the demolition of the two mid-19th century heritage homes.
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“Over the past year we have been repeatedly asking that the Minister of Parks and park officials meet with the mayor and our local council and members of our heritage advisory committee to discuss alternative options,” says Peter Lockyer of Save Heritage Sandbanks. Homes.
“I think what discourages me the most is that this represents a lost opportunity to reimagine the properties and bring them up to standard to meet the needs of the park.”
The demolition was not a secret, it was just a matter of when.
Global News received a statement from the provincial government on August 27, 2021, which read: “Detailed asset assessments recommend taking down buildings as soon as possible in the interest of public health and safety. It is no longer safe to keep them worthless. “
“It’s hard to imagine what can be done now because the damage is irreversible,” says Lockyer. “We really had 150 years of history erased in a couple of hours.”
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While they may have been a part of history, now they are just history.
“I always try to see the positive side of things and be optimistic,” says the historian. “I guess I should be glad they are maintaining the old pig barn at MacDonald Farm. A pig barn seems to have great significance to park officials when houses do not.
“But I think this will be the beginning of many heated discussions between park officials and local residents. I don’t think they have any idea how out of step they are with the community. “
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