In 1972, District Lot 26 was subdivided by Willowbrook Development Ltd into 54 residential lots plus a utility lot, an airstrip and a tennis court lot. The Subdivision was named Willowbrook Acres. Later changes to the airstrip and utility lots created 4 additional residential lots, making it a total of 58.
According to the Sales Prospectus, each lot buyer was to receive 160th undivided interest in some adjacent property to be used as park, consisting of approx. 478 acres east of the subdivision. This interest in the park land was included in the purchase price of the lots. The park is comprised of District Lots 3097 & 2073, plus Lot 57 in the subdivision (which was originally a tennis court, and is now a riding ring). This lot provides access to the main park land.
A company called Willowbrook Park Land Corp. was incorporated in 1979, and title to the park property was registered in the name of the corporation. The corporation is authorized to issue 160 shares. Each lot owner within the subdivision is entitled to one share.
Each shareholder of Willowbrook Park Land Corp. is entitled to one vote in the affairs of the company. No one is allowed more than one vote, regardless of the number of shares they hold, thus, no one can control the vote. When a lot is resold, the share for that lot are transferred into the name of the new owner within 30 days. Initially, this was not an issue, as there was very little movement of properties. In the past few years, properties are changing hand quite regularly, and the executive of Park Land Corp. are doing their utmost to keep up with the transfer of shares to the new owners. Currently, a $20 administration charge is levied on each share transfer to cover the costs of the company, which are typically limited to various Provincial Government filing fees.
To provide a way to make the park land available to the whole community, a non-profit society (Willowbrook Community Society) was incorporated. On May 22, 1980, Willowbrook Park Land Corp. granted Willowbrook Community Society a 99 year lease of the park lands at the annual cost of property taxes plus $1.00. As the park lands are open to membership by anyone, and for recreational purposes only, the property is now exempt from property taxes.
The Willowbrook Community Society has minimal costs – insurance, annual provincial filing fees, costs associated with notices of meetings, etc – therefore, requests an annual membership of $25.00.
The Willowbrook Community Society holds its annual general meeting at the park in June of each year.
The Willowbrook Community Society allows anyone to access the parklands regardless of membership. Most public use of the Parkland is for access to the McIntyre Bluff hiking trail.
Public donations to help cover running costs can be made in cash at the gate, or by online payment from this website.