Municipality of Clarington to assume ownership of historic Camp 30, a former prisoner of war camp
Clarington July 5, 2016/- Clarington Council has approved an agreement that would see the Municipality assume ownership of the historic Camp 30 lands from its current owners Kaitlin Developments and Fandor Homes.
Over the last few years, Camp 30 has been plagued by vandalism. Ongoing efforts have been made by the property owners to ensure its security, but it continues to be a challenge.
“This is a slice of history right in our backyard. Council would like to restore and rehabilitate the buildings which are historical landmarks in our community,” said Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster.
Before Clarington assumes ownership of the property, the current owners will demolish any buildings that have not been identified for historic preservation and also clean up the area, including removing all graffiti, as well as installing security cameras. They will also make a one-time donation of $500,000 to the Municipality, to assist with the maintenance and care of the Camp 30 property.
Camp 30 was designated as a National Historic Site in 2013. It initially opened in 1925 as a training school for delinquent boys. Later, during the Second World War, it was used by the Allies to house captured high-ranking German officers. It is the only known PoW Camp left, with six original buildings from that era, in Canada.
“The Municipality is eager to assume stewardship of this historic property. It is in the public’s interest that we create a plan to restore the buildings, preserving our history so that future generations can learn about their past,” said Clarington Chief Administrative Officer Franklin Wu.
Once the Municipality assumes ownership of Camp 30, it will work with the Jury Lands Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the conservation of historic lands, on a long-term plan to preserve the property. That plan would include seeking funding opportunities from other levels of government, to cover the cost associated with restoring and preserving the historic buildings.
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All tours are approximately 1:30 hours. Please bring appropriate foot ware for a gravel trail. There are stairs on the trail.
Sunday May 20 2:00 PM
Saturday June 23 2:00 PM
Thursday July 5 7:00 PM
Friday July 20 7:00 PM
Saturday August 4 2:00 PM
Sunday August 12 2:00 PM
Monday August 20 7:00 PM
Saturday September 1 2:00 PM
Sunday September 9 2:00PM
Saturday September 22 2:00 PM
Tours begin at the Sprucewood Crescent entrance, See map here.
The Jury Lands Foundation and the Municipality of Clarington invite the community to the official opening of the walking trail linking residential Bowmanville and the lands of the Boys Training School/Camp 30.
The walking trail is 1 kilometre in length from Sprucewood to Concession Street, including some steps, users may return to the parking lot at John M. James by walking 1 kilometer along Concession Street and up Mearns Avenue.
Walking tours will be offered by volunteers from the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario-Clarington Branch. Please stay with your tour group route, it is a 700 metre loop.
A World War II Harvard airplane will fly over the opening ceremony, weather permitting.
There will be a donation barbecue by the Lions Club beginning at 5:30, with the Official Opening at 6 pm. The BBQ is located 375 metres from the Sprucewood entrance with steps up and down over the dam. Air Cadet 172 will join the Durham East 4-H Club for a pitch-in clean-up.
The Jury Lands Foundation is a non-profit volunteer community group dedicated to rejuvenating through conservation the national historic site of the Boys Training School/POW Camp 30 in Bowmanville, Ontario. The JLF, the Municipality, and the owners, Kaitlin Group and Fandor Homes, are working together to determine how several of the historic buildings on site can be conserved and brought back into use in the future.
Funding for the trail development was donated by Hannu Halminen. Supplies and labour contributed by St. Mary’s Cement, Wynne Property Maintenance, D.G. Biddle & Associates (engineering services), Broz Excavating, Vanstone Mill (formerly Welcome Feeds).
For more information please contact Marilyn Morawetz, chair of the Jury Lands Foundation, at email@example.com or 905-449-4835