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Boothfield Park

Budget

$1.3M 

Construction Phase

Beginning in summer 2015

Description

The proposed plan for Boothfield Park is a 2.2 hectare neighbourhood park located at 660 Boothfield Street in Riverside South. Once completed, the new park will provide the neighbourhood with a splash pad, permanent boarded rink and multi-surface court, junior and senior playgrounds, swings, shade structure, outdoor furniture, landscaping and a network of pathways.

Crestview Change House and pool

Budget

$4,272,000

Project Timeline

Planned to begin in summer 2016

Description

The project site is listed at Bob Mitchell Park (58 Fieldrow Street ). The existing change house will be removed and replaced with a new change house. The new change house will offer change rooms, outdoor showers, lockers, washrooms, a staff office, as well as house the tennis club. The pool will be replaced with a new pool basin complete with updated accessibility features.

François Dupuis Recreation Center Expansion

Address

2263 Portobello Boulevard

Budget

$5.5 M

Construction Phase

Spring 2015 to Spring 2016 

Description

The François Dupuis Recreation Center in Ottawa’s east end will be expanding its facilities to support a rapidly growing community. The proposed 12,992 sq. ft. (1,207 sq. m.) addition will extend the building eastward along Brian Coburn Boulevard and will feature a dividable gymnasium, a large multipurpose room, storage, accessible change rooms, and a courtyard. 

George Street Plaza Renewal Project

 

Byward Market Logo

About the Project

Established by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets. The legendary builder of the Rideau Canal, Colonel By laid out the street plan of the Market, designating George Street and York Street to be extra wide to accommodate the creation of a public market and gathering place.

Since its inception, the Byward Market has been the City’s epicentre for the sale of agricultural and food products for Ottawa residents, and has since evolved into a flourishing tourist and nightlife destination.  Easily accessible on foot, by bicycle, transit or car, the Market offers a unique experience for all.

In an effort to sustain the ByWard Market as the City’s preeminent hub for tourists and residents alike, City Council recently approved a Markets’ revitalization initiative within its current Term of Council City Strategic Plan.  

As the gateway to the Byward Market from the future LRT Rideau Station and George Street, the George Street Plaza was chosen as the first investment in a larger invigoration of the public realm within the Byward Market Precinct.  Construction will begin during the week of October 3rd, and will be completed in 2017 as a municipal legacy project.

Byward Market and George Street Plaza

Project Background

Since 2012, City staff has been undertaking research with the assistance of Project for Public Spaces (PPS), a U.S. non-governmental organization who specializes in public markets, to explore the possibility of the ByWard and Parkdale Markets being led from a new organizational and mission perspective. This work has included a visioning exercise, and two PPS reports have reviewed current challenges, primarily faced by the ByWard Market.  Recommendations for maintaining the sustainability of the two Markets have also been provided.

A major part of the work that PPS undertook was the development of a high-level public realm concept plan for the ByWard Market area for the area bounded by Sussex Drive, Clarence Street, George Street and Dalhousie Street.  The concept plan was undertaken to envision how the precinct could be enhanced to support the ByWard Market and shift the appearance and uses of the public space in the area from auto-centric to people-centric.

Byward Market Vendors - fresh produce display

The first public realm project proposed for undertaking was the renewal of the George Street Plaza.  This project was selected based on the available budget and the determination that it would have the maximum impact as it is the gateway to the ByWard Market from the Rideau LRT station and George Street.  Initiative 3 - ByWard and Parkdale Market / Sparks Street Revitalization which supports Objective 2 – Support growth of local economy.  This Strategic Initiative provided funding for the transition to a new governance model for both City markets, funding for the zoning compliance initiative, and short-term capital funding to undertake a capital project in the ByWard Market area.

The design of the George Street Plaza Renewal Project was undertaken in early 2016, and public consultation was carried out in May 2016. Consultation with Markets Management staff, stand holders and tenants of 55 ByWard Market Square was a critical component of this process to ensure the operational feasibility of the proposed design and construction process.

Construction – What and When?

The Plaza renewal will consist of the removal and upgrade of the concrete surface, in-ground infrastructure enhancements, and the addition of a granite programming space, seating, waste receptacles, LED lighting and water feature, a drinking fountain, heritage clock and shade trees.  In-road work on George will focus on improving pedestrian experience, and will consist of narrowing the George/William Street intersection with raised accessible crossings and materials that differentiate the pedestrian zone. 

The construction phase is planned to commence during the first week of October. Recognizing the ByWard Market is an important hub for tourists and residents alike, measures have been taken to ensure that disruption to local businesses, residents and customers is minimized to the greatest extent.

Byward Market Vendors - Arts and Crafts

Given the scope of the project, construction will require the closure of the George Street Plaza for several months.  Despite the closure, pedestrian access to the ByWard Market building will be maintained throughout the construction period.

A temporary street closure of William Street between George and York Streets will also be necessary for a period of up to two weeks.  Special arrangements will be put in place to ensure that businesses will continue to receive necessary services during this timeframe. One lane on George Street will remain open at all times, with the exception of minor closures for the movement of materials.  

Area businesses, including outdoor market vendors, will remain open during the construction.  

Project Updates

Local businesses and residents are encouraged to sign up for weekly project updates by sending their contact information to marketsrevitalization@ottawa.ca

A public information session for local businesses and residents will take place on Friday October 14th at 8:30am at the Aulde Dubliner and Pour House (62 William Street). Please RSVP at marketsrevitalization@ottawa.ca.

Signature Stands

The City of Ottawa is seeking a sponsor to undertake the conceptualization, construction and installation of two signature vending areas to compliment the soon-to-be revitalized George Street Plaza.  Select benefits available.

The RFI document is available on the Sponsorships and Advertising Opportunities section of Ottawa.ca.  The deadline for submissions is November 4th 2016.  Inquiries are welcomed and should be directed to kim.copeland@ottawa.ca.

Contact Us

Questions and concerns related to the George Street Plaza renewal project can be sent directly to the Project Team at marketsrevitalization@ottawa.ca

OC Transpo Transit Control Centre Renovation

Address

875 Belfast Road

Budget

$1.8 M

Design Phase

April to December 2015

Construction Phase

February to August 2016

Description

The existing OC Transpo Transit Control Centre located at 875 Belfast Road will be renovated to increase capacity to accommodate the Light Rail Transit control centre. As part of the renovations, building upgrades will be completed and additional administration space will be made ready for use. The finished facility will house OC Transpo Operations, OC Transpo Transit Law, and Light Rail Transit.

Mooney’s Bay Play Structure

 

An outline of a map of Canada, showing a conceptual image of a play structure in every Province and Territory.

Giver 150 Canada-themed playground at Mooney’s Bay Park

The City of Ottawa is pleased to partner with Sinking Ship Entertainment to construct the Giver 150 Canada-themed playground at Mooney’s Bay Park.

Sinking Ship Entertainment produces Giver, an award-winning TVO series that encourages children to get involved in their community by building playgrounds. Through a significant investment by the company, with additional funds from the City, a new playground just under one acre will be constructed on the 70-acre site.

The legacy project is being built in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. It will be constructed in the shape of Canada and will be made of 10 play structures, which will represent various regions, and monkey bars that will replicate the Trans-Canada Railway. The park is a tribute to Canada’s rich history and will be a lasting 2017 legacy project for the thousands of children and families that will enjoy it for years to come. It will be the largest playground constructed in Canada and will be a significant contribution to our community.

Over the course of its first three seasons, Giver has built more than 30 playgrounds in communities across Ontario, teaching kids how to make a difference through volunteering.

Aerial map of Mooney’s Bay Park, focusing on the north section of the park, also showing a rough outline of the play structure footprint.

Aerial map of Mooney’s Bay Park, focusing on the north section of the park, also showing a rough outline of the play structure footprint.

Aerial Maps of Mooney’s Bay Park [ PDF – 5.49 MB ]

Where can I find construction updates?

The following construction updates are for the week of June 20, 2016:

  • A layer of wood fibre has been placed over the area, completing site preparation for the Giver 150 playground project.
  • Playground construction will commence after the Dragon Boat Festival.

The following construction updates were for the week of June 6, 2016:

  • The excavation for the playground area is complete.
  • Based on soil conditions, a layer of gravel has been added – 75% of the area is compacted.  The gravel used in this exercise is needed to provide structural support to the drainage layer and playground above.
  • Trenching for drain tile pipes is the next step and is about to start.
  • The contractor is likely working this Saturday to complete the installation of tile drain pipes and the installation of the clear stone gravel drainage area.  Clear stone gravel is similar to marbles with stone pieces being all the same size.  When a thick layer of this product is installed, water can pass through it – much like a vase full of marbles can also hold a fair amount of water.
  • Installation of the filter cloth around the clear stone gravel bed (used to ensure the drainage layer does not fill up with anything that can clog it) and 3 inches of wood fiber will commence next week and will  be  completed  by June 16.
  • The perimeter construction fence to be removed by June 16.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Giver 150 Playground?

The Giver 150 Playground is a playground to be built at Mooney’s Bay Park by Sinking Ship Entertainment. The company has built many playgrounds in conjunction with communities across Ontario. It engages the public in the build, which is broadcast in 2017 on public television.

The playground will be in the shape of the map of Canada. It will meet all safety and accessibility standards. The entire site is approximately 70 acres and this playground will occupy just under one acre.

To commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary, there will be 10 play structures representing each region of the country celebrating their time of entry into Confederation. Monkey bars representing the Trans-Canada Railway will link the play structures together.

Where can I find a copy of the Project Agreement?

Giver 150 Project Agreement.

This document is available in English only and is not provided in an accessible format. It may be translated and made accessible in whole or in part upon request. For more information, please contact Catherine Morin at 613-580-2424, extension 24378.

Ce document n’existe qu’en anglais et n’est pas offert en format accessible. Il peut être traduit en partie ou en totalité sur demande. Renseignements : Catherine Morin, 613-580-2424, poste 24378.

What process led up to the agreement?

  • Early January: The City received an unsolicited proposal from Sinking Ship Entertainment (SSE) to build a legacy park in the City of Ottawa. As per City process, the proposal was reviewed and it was decided that it met the City’s criteria for projects of this kind, and it aligned with the City’s Strategic Plan.
  • February 4: SSE met with representatives from the National Capital Commission (NCC) and with Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services staff. Potential sites were explored and Mooney’s Bay Park was one of the preferred locations because of its easy access to the public and its central location. Furthermore, the park area at Mooney’s Bay was scheduled for life cycle work in 2017. This presented an opportunity to coordinate the proposed new playground with the removal of existing amenities.
  • Mid-February: The Ward Councillor and the Mayor’s Office were made aware of SSE’s interest in the Mooney’s Bay Park location.
  • February 18: Dragon Boat Festival and HOPE Volleyball Summerfest alerted.
    • February: City and SSE consider location options and jointly identify Mooney’s Bay Park as optimal location.
    •  March 1: SSE submits Community Partnership Major Capital application for Mooney’s Bay Park project.
    • April 5: Project qualifies for Council-approved Cash-in-Lieu of Parkland Funds Policy
    • May 11: Both parties agreed with the Mooney’s Bay Park location and Sinking Ship Entertainment decided to proceed with their investment in the City of Ottawa. Approvals were received and the agreement was executed.
    • May 13: The project was announced to the public.
    • May 30: Phase 1 of the redevelopment commenced with the site preparation construction.
    • June 16: Phase 1 complete
    • June 27: Phase 2 commences
    • September: Substantial completion
    • July 1, 2017: Ceremonial Grand Opening

A Community Outreach and Consultation Session took place on May 31 at Riverside United Church, 3191 Riverside Drive, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sinking Ship Entertainment held a casting and volunteer recruitment session for those who wanted to participate in the project on June 1st from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Carleton Heights Community Centre. They presented videos of past builds and presented their ideas to users – children and families – as well as residents. The Giver team answered questions about the builds and their process. Children participated in a design brainstorming and drawing session of what they would like to see. 

Updates are available at Giver 150.

How will the project be funded?

This playground is of a scale and uniqueness that qualifies it as a city-wide feature, not neighbourhood-specific.

This is a partnership project between Sinking Ship Entertainment and the City of Ottawa, which will each contribute 50 per cent of the funding. The City’s portion will be to a maximum of $959,750. It comes from the City-wide Cash-in-lieu of Parkland Fund. 

This fund is generated through development charge revenue and not from the tax base. It is intended to fund recreation initiatives that have city-wide impact. As Mooney’s Bay Park is one of the most significant parks in the city and is considered to be a city-wide destination, it meets the criteria for this funding.

What environmental testing was conducted?

In accordance with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA), the City completed the following:

  • Species At Risk review and report;
  • Environmental Site Assessment and soils classification;
  • Risk Assessment regarding our findings with the native soils

A certified biologist conducted site inspections to ensure that bird nesting activities were not disturbed. Although species-at-risk, such as turtles and barn swallows, have not historically been observed at this location, mitigation measures were put in place to protect them.

An executive summary of the technical documents is available. Please visit the Ottawa Public Library located at 101 Centrepointe Dr. for access to the full reports.

101 Centrepointe Dr.

Ottawa, Ontario K2G 5K7

613-580-2940 (Infoservice)

InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca

Has preparation work on the site started?

A drainage layer below the play area surface is required to ensure that the play structure meets its full life span and that there is a suitable ground beneath the equipment. This drainage layer would impact the viability of the nearby trees.

Also, in accordance with CSA safety standards, there must be a safe distance between play structures and trees. As a result, the City assessed the trees onsite with a goal to retaining as many healthy trees as possible. Sixteen trees were removed and another five were preserved and will be replanted in the park. Several of the trees that were removed would have had to be removed in the near future. This is because they were either Ash trees infected by the Emerald Ash Borer, they were already damaged or dying, or they would have been impacted by the lifecycle work that was planned on the site.

Of note, the park layout was modified to save a mature maple tree by placing it in the Hudson Bay portion of the playground.

There are approximately 400 trees on the site.

Were other locations in the park considered?

There were three City parks considered: Mooney’s Bay Park, Andrew Haydon Park, and Britannia Park, as well as properties owned and operated by the NCC.

Andrew Haydon Park: This park was not identified as the ideal location due to potential land ownership issues along the shoreline, insufficient park infrastructure (i.e. no storm sewer), and with only 32 acres of parkland, the park was not large enough to accommodate the playground. As well, lifecycle replacement of equipment was already scheduled for 2016.

Britannia Park: With a total of 65 acres, there is ample open space in the west sector of the park for the playground, but there are concerns around the landownership. There is already a potential strategic initiative funding source in place for this park.

Mooney’s Bay Park: The condemned bridges and the fitness equipment in this location were scheduled for removal in 2016, which provided a unique opportunity to combine a new play structure with the planned redevelopment. This location had the least impact on existing pathways and trees.

Will there be an impact to the Sue Holloway fitness park?

The Sue Holloway fitness park is at end of its life cycle and is scheduled to be replaced in 2017. The fitness components will be removed as part of the site preparation for the new playground.

This fall, the City will consult with Sue Holloway, user groups and residents about the location and components of the rebuild of the fitness park. Residents interested in participating in the process can send an email at ParcSueHollowayPark@ottawa.ca.

Will there be an impact to festivals that use the site?

For 2016, construction will impact the Dragon Boat Festival and HOPE Volleyball Summerfest.

In February, the festivals were informed that a new project was being proposed for the site. Details at the time were limited.

In April and May, the festivals were provided with more details on the construction. Mitigation plans were developed to accommodate both festivals in 2016.

For the Dragon Boat Festival, construction will cease during the festival and fencing and construction equipment will be removed so the area can be used. Construction will then resume.

For HOPE Volleyball Summerfest, the bike parking will be relocated and festival set-up will be accommodated.

For 2017, the City will work with both event organizers to establish new layouts at Mooney’s Bay Park.

Is there any impact on other activities in the park?

There will be no impact on existing park activities or programming. For any further comments or questions, please email ParcMooneysBayPark@ottawa.ca

Other Giver Projects in Ontario: Before and After Photos

Cambridge Carousel Park

Before

Open passive parkland

After

Completed animated structure

Emsdale Alphabet Park

Before

The park with one small play structure

After

New park entirely redone

Victoria Harbour Firefighter Park

Before

Largely empty space with one set of swings

After

New firefighter park theme New firefighter park theme

Strathroy Caradoc Train Park

Before

Empty space with sod removed

After

New train playground in the park New train playground in the park

Photos: Courtesy of Sinking Ship Entertainment/TVO

Summerhill Park

Budget

$1.13M

Construction Phase

Summer 2015

Description

Summerhill Park is a 2.2 hectare neighborhood park located adjacent to a school block in the Riverside South Phase 9 development, east of River Road and south of Earl Armstrong Road, spanning two subdivisions (Claridge and Urbandale), as identified in the Riverside South Community Development Plan. Construction will begin in July following preparation of the site by the developer. The park features have been designed to be reminiscent of the surrounding area’s agricultural heritage. Facilities include junior and senior playgrounds, a splash pad, puddle rink, mini-sports field, half court basketball, a shade structure, outdoor furniture, landscaping and pathways.