Family and children are a top priority for me. I am committed to improving our community public spaces within the Point Douglas Ward. Below are some of the projects that are in progress for redevelopment. Keep coming back every now and then to see updates!
Blue Bird/Lismore Park (Brookland Neighbourhood)
Blue Bird Park was last redeveloped in 1999, therefore the park is due for an update. With the open greenspace at Lismore Park right beside it, this is a good time to think of the two greenspaces together and come up with ideas for what is needed in the community and the best way to address it in the available park spaces.
We heard from you!
I am pleased to advise that the Public Engagement workshop dehld on Wednesday, March 2, 2019 at Brooklands School was very successful and well-attended by many key stakeholders and area residents. For more detailed information on the engagement, please visit the City's Website.
It was stated that Blue Bird Park needed replacement of the old play equipment and address the safety issues, such as poor sight lines and insufficient lighting. Area stakeholders also identified a skating rink and community gathering space as a priority for Lismore Park. To this end, a trial pleasure skating rink was installed this winter of 2019/2020, which has been highly successful and is being widely used.
Subject to funding approvals, construction for both these parks is scheduled to being this summer and completed in late fall. With weather permitted, possibly completed in spring 2021. Keep coming back to this site for updates on construction timelines.
Blue Bird Park
To improve visibility, the play area has been shifted closer to Oddy Street with installation of new “Ages 2-12” play equipment and a two bay swing set, both with accessible engineered wood fibre safety surfacing to be installed. New 89cm (35”) tall wood fence with large openings between the fence boards and chain link fencing with baffle gates to prevent children from dashing out onto the street. Proposed earthwork includes removal of the existing hills and landforms that currently block sight lines into and through the park. Flattening the hills and re-sodding those areas to provide more useable space for ball play. To address the lighting concerns, replacement of existing light poles and fixtures with new LED pole lights located in approximately the same location to continue to illuminate both the path and the play area. Other features include a new compacted granular path, new site furniture, picnic areas and tree plantings.
Approximate cost for this project is $203,667.00. To view the redevelopment plans, click here.
Most of the park will remain as open grass allowing for yearly renewal of the pleasure staking rink in the winter months and un-programmed play in the summer time. The proposed design will include installation of new benches, a picnic table and boulder seating blocks arranged around a steel firepit, which will allow users to lengthen their skating visits in the winter. Twelve (12) additional tree plantings will be installed mostly located on the north side of the park. Other new features include a new compacted granular path and same wood fencing materials to match Blue Bird Park. Accessible curb ramp at Oddy Street to create a crossing point for optimal visibility for vehicle drivers.
Approximate cost for this project is $69,474.00. To view the redevelopment plans, click here.
Ecole Garden Grove School (Garden Grove Neighbourhood)
Provided a Community Incentive Grant of $17,500.00 to assist with the replacement of their stand-alone sign with an enhanced digital sign. This will assist with keeping the community up-to-date on important events and related school and community information.
"Flip the Switch" unveiling event is scheduled in spring 2020.
Lord Nelson School (Burrows Central Neighbourhood)
Provided a Community Incentive Grant of $15,000.00 and Land Dedication Reserve Grant of $10,000.00 to assist with the upgrades to the school's playground to make is an inclusive play area, which is to have students who have developmental disabilities who have gross and fine motor delays, speech / language and cognitive delays.
"Sod Turning" event is scheduled in spring 2020, with Grand Opening to be announced once project is completed.
Sgt Tommy Prince Place (Dufferin Neighbourhood)
Provided a Land Dedication Reserve Grant of $5,000.00 to assist with the concept plans of an interpretive display case which depicts the life and history of Sergeant Tommy Prince. Location of the interpretive display is inside Sgt Tommy Prince Place, also known as North Centennial Recreational & Leisure Facility.
"Unveiling" event to be announced once project is completed.
Louis Bako River Landing (South Point Douglas Neighbourhood)
Provided a Land Dedication Reserve Grant of $15,000.00 to install a Granite Plaque. The inscription is poem written by local indigenous poet Ms. Katherena Vermette called "River Woman".
Installation of the plaque to be completed in spring 2020.
Giizhigooweyaabikwe Park (Centennial Neighbourhood)
Continuing to have constant dialogue with community stakeholders to development a long term plan for enhancement to the park.
Alderman John O'Hare Park (Centennial Neighourhood)
Continuing to have constant dialogue with the John O'Hare family and residents to develop a long term plan for enhancement to the park.
Northwood & Frank Whyte Park (Shaughnessy Neighbourhood)
Continuing to have constant dialogue with Northwood Community Centre and residents to develop a long term plan for enhancements to the park.
Tyndall Park (Tyndall Neighbourhood)
Continuing to have constant dialogue with Tyndall Park Community School and residents to develop a long term plan for enhancements to the park.