May 2009 - Nr. 5
Keep the wrecker’s ball at bay and save a heritage that makes
a community unique
Bowmanville, Ontario - Camp 30 is a collection of 18 building
on 40 hectares of land in Bowmanville located 70 kilometers east
from Toronto. The camp housed top German soldiers during WWII.
suspicious fire occurred during the weekend of March 1, 2009.
The Kaitlin Group a developer wishes to demolish the place which
does not meet the approval of many citizens.
Much of Bowmansville’s residential and commercial architecture
heritage was lost to modern development in 1950 and the 30 years
following thereafter. The same mistake cannot be repeated.
Durham Region has an unbelievable amount of history, relative to
World War II and with forward thinking by Town Council and the
general public it is possible to put the town on the world stage
with Canada’s effort in the war. When 74% of the travelers to
Ontario want to visit historical buildings and sites and 85%
want to visit interesting small towns and villages, the town
needs to be concerned about future development. This makes it
mandatory to save Camp 30 and provide the town with a balanced
mix for future growth between industry and tourism. And when
doing so avoid becoming a bedroom city for the region. The
promotion of Bowmansville’s festival must include the zoo with
endorsement of all heritage values. Foster positive visitor
experiences and for locals make it a good place to work and
It must be remembered, that heritage is a big part of what makes
a community unique, namely with spaces and stories that we value
today that require us to save and preserve our heritage for
tomorrow. The option to designate Camp 30 as a protected
heritage site is in the interest of the general public
the developer must concede. A positive step forward would be for
Town Council to appoint a spokesperson that can keep the public
informed while the project goes forward.
Rolf A. Piro
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