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Published on Friday, March 23, 2018

Town agrees to buy Deerfield and Fourteen Mile Creek lands

Land transfer between province & Oakville will keep Merton Lands protected

Town agrees to buy Deerfield and Fourteen Mile Creek lands
Ontario map, Office of Oakville MPP photo
Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn announces transfer of Deerfield Golf Club and Fourteen Mile Creek lands to Oakville to protect the greenspace of what remains of the Merton Lands.
Oakville Beaver

OAKVILLE — The remnants of the Merton Lands, including Deerfield Golf Club, will stay as protected green space, according to the Town of Oakville, after it purchases the property from the province.

The announcement was made Thursday night, March 22, by Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn at Deerfield.

The area includes lands that were leased by the Province of Ontario to Deerfield and the sale was contingent on the protection of recreation and conservation lands.

“We saw what happened when the previous government sold the Saw-Whet Golf Course to the private sector. I am proud that the Ontario government … will protect this valuable green space,” said Flynn.

“The decision to keep these lands in public ownership will benefit the town and its citizens for generations to come, and demonstrates the commitment our party has to the environment and smart growth.”

News of the purchase of 128 hectares of formerly provincially-held lands also means the Fourteen Mile Creek area, from Upper Middle Road to Third Line, will be protected by the Town of Oakville as well.

“Deerfield Golf Club and the Fourteen Mile Creek lands will remain town-owned and protected recreational open space, neighbourhood parkland and public green space with vital wildlife corridors and linked natural heritage systems,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton.

“After the loss of the golf courses at Richview, White Oaks and Saw-Whet, it is important to protect what is left of our urban golf courses so everyone, young and old, can continue to enjoy them.”

The Town of Oakville also stated by securing the balance of the Merton Lands — on the north side of the Queen Elizabeth Way and south of Upper Middle Road, between Bronte Road and Third Line — it will ensure its natural environment is protected.

The total cost of the purchase has yet to be finalized, according to the town.
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