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Parks and recreation public consultations

Big Bird Park

New Splash Pad (Orleans Ward / Quartier Orléans)

A new splash pad is being planned for implementation at Big Bird Park. The community is invited to provide comments as to their preference between Option 1 and Option 2 shown below.

Proposed concept [ PDF - 440 KB ]

Option 1 [ PDF - 333 KB ]

Option 2 [ PDF - 354 KB ]

If you wish to provide additional comments please send, no later than July 26, 2016, to:

Renee Proteau
Project Manager
Recreation Planning and Facility Development
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
City of Ottawa
613-580-2424 ext. 26967

Renee.Proteau@ottawa.ca

Cardinal Creek Park 18A

Cardinal Creek Park 18A will be a 3.1 hectare park located along the Cardinal Creek Valley with pedestrian and emergency access only from Trim Road.  The Transportation Master Plan’s Affordable Road Network shows the future Frank Kenny Road Extension, scheduled for construction beyond the year 2031, running along the southern boundary of the park.

Context:

Although the park site has been disturbed over recent years as a result of adjacent construction projects, it benefits from surrounding natural woodlands, creek lands and open meadows of long grasses, wildflowers and shrubs.  To the north-west the parkland is raised, providing long views across Cardinal Creek Storm Water Management Pond to Cardinal Creek Community Park and beyond.  A hydro corridor complete with overhead wires and 2 large concrete pylons crosses the park towards the central area.   The larger south-east portion is mostly open, sunny and sheltered from winds. The park is not served with electricity, water, sewers or street access.

Preliminary Park Design Consultation:

You are invited to view 3 preliminary concept plans showing various design options.

Concept Plan 1

Concept Plan 2

Concept Plan 3

We request that you send comments via email or mail to the contact below by Tuesday January 31, 2017.  Be sure to list your top 5 park components, ranking them 1 to 5 in importance, where 1 is the most important and 5 the least important.  You should add any additional comments you may have on layout and general design.  Please include your name, address and phone number. The components are listed below:

  • Gazebo / shade structure
  • Fitness trail with exercise stations
  • Nature Trails
  • Nature Trails with interpretive signage
  • Enhanced native plantings and habitat improvement
  • Informational signage
  • Picnic area
  • Tennis Courts (no lights)
  • Multi-purpose grassy open space without sports field lines
  • Multi-purpose grassy open space with sports field lines
  • Soccer Fields (mini/intermediate/full-sized - no lights)
  • Large fenced off-leash dog area with grassed surface
  • Smaller fenced off-leash dog area with specialized clean surface
  • Smaller fenced off-leash dog area with clean surface and training / agility components
  • Lookout Hill (possible uses: running up, rolling down, winter sliding)
  • Disc Golf Circuit

Next Steps:

Following this consultation, we will produce a final concept plan based on comments.  There will be further consultation on the final plan.

The final plan will meet City of Ottawa Accessibility Design Standards and the provisions of the City of Ottawa Park and Pathway Development Manual including the Parks and Pathways Inclusive Design Checklist

Send your top 5 components and comments to:

Ingrid Coney, Parks Planner
Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services 
100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON, K2G 6J8
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 13226
Email: ingrid.coney@ottawa.ca

Dundonald Park

Dundonald Park Playground Improvements (Bay/Somerset)

Improvements are being planned for the Dundonald Park playground area in 2016. These will include a wheelchair accessible entrance from the west (Bay Street) side of the playground along with an accessible swing, wall climber and playhouse. The proposed concept and images of the climbing wall and playhouse are shown below.

Concept highlights include:

  • Re-oriented swings featuring two belt swings, two bucket swings and a new accessible swing
  • New 4.5 m long by 2.5 m high two-sided clear acrylic climbing wall and climbing net
  • New open roofed accessible playhouse structure with game panels and creative play features for children ages two to five
  • All new features are to be located on wheelchair accessible wood fibre safety surfacing
  • Wheelchair accessible bench and picnic table located on an expanded asphalt surface

Proposed concept [ PDF-3 MB ]

New 4.5 m long by 2.5 m high two-sided clear acrylic climbing wall and climbing net

New open roofed accessible playhouse structure with game panels and creative play features for children ages two to five

If you wish to provide comments please send, no later than February 7, 2016, to:

Kevin Jones
Project Manager
Recreation Planning and Facility Development
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
City of Ottawa
613-580-2424 ext. 13857

Kevin.Jones@ottawa.ca

Dunrobin Park

Councillor Eli El-Chantiry, Ward 5
1151 Thomas A. Dolan Parkway

The following plan [ PDF 1.12 MB ] features two play structure components that offer inclusive play opportunities including a Revolution Spinner and a Team Teeter Totter and an accessible stone dust pathway link that leads from the building to the new play ground. The protective surfacing for the new play area is engineered wood fibre.

The proposed project construction timeline is construction start late spring or early summer and completion summer 2017.

If you have any comments, please contact:
Donna Williams
Park Planner
City of Ottawa
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
Email: donna.williams@ottawa.ca
Telephone: 613-580-2424 ext. 23169

Facility Allocation Policy Review (Arenas, Sportfields and Ball Diamonds)

The City’s Facility Allocation Policy used for the allocation of 45 arenas, 550 sportsfields and 350 ball diamonds is being reviewed. Since 2002, when the existing policy was approved by Council, the City has seen an increase in the number of facilities as well as a change in participant trends in various sports. Annual reviews held with user groups have identified opportunities to optimize use of facilities, minimize travel distances to facilities and rebalance current distribution of hours to clients, to name a few.

City staff have reviewed the feedback and suggestions from user groups as well as benchmarked allocation best practices to other municipalities and are recommending changes to the current policy that would provide a more equitable allocation process for all users.

Everyone is invited to attend a public consultation to provide input on the guiding principles for facility use that are being reviewed. At this time, the recommended changes would apply to Arenas, Sportfields and Ball Diamonds with the allocation of Halls, Gymnasiums and Pools to be reviewed at a later date.

The public consultation will be held on:

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Jim Durrell Recreation Centre
1265 Walkley Road
Ellwood Hall

For more information or to provide comments on recommended policy adjustments, please email us at AllocationReview@ottawa.ca

Gilbey Park

Proposed improvements to Gilbey Park
 


Residents in the Fisher Heights and Skyline communities are invited to participate in a community discussion about proposed improvements to Gilbey Park. The City has received many suggestions from residents on this topic and would like to share its recommendations for improvements to be made during summer 2012.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
7 to 9 p.m.
Fisher Heights Community Building
31 Sutton Place

Knoxdale-Merivale Councillor Keith Egli and City staff will be in attendance to provide information and answer questions.

Marathon Park

Councillor Eli El-Chantiry, Ward 5
210 Lynda Loop

The following concept plan [ PDF 615 KB] features a 16’ square model park shelter, on a structural concrete pad located off the existing stone dust pathway adjacent the swing set.

The proposed project construction timeline is construction start late spring or early summer and completion summer 2017.

If you have any comments, please contact:
Donna Williams
Park Planner
City of Ottawa
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
Email: donna.williams@ottawa.ca
Telephone: 613-580-2424 ext. 23169

McNabb Park

McNabb Park Redevelopment (Bronson/Gladstone)

On March 27, 2013 a public meeting was held to obtain feedback on a redevelopment concept for McNabb Park. The plan was revised to address comments received, and the revised draft plan [ PDF 3.5 MB ] is attached for review. The final plan includes:

  • Retention of the existing open space/ball diamond at north end of the park
  • A skate park at the southwest corner of the park along Bronson Avenue
  • A more central (open) area for a community garden
  • A new climbing structure north of the existing play area
  • An improved pathway system providing access into park amenities from the local community at Bronson Avenue, Gladstone Avenue and James Street
  • A small plaza at the Bronson Avenue entrance for seating, leisurely activities such as board games, tai chi, etc.
  • New basketball painted keys behind the community centre
  • New trees, park benches, picnic tables
  • Distinctive art fence/entrance feature at Bronson Avenue, showcasing artwork from commissioned artist Tim Desclouds.

Please review and comment no later than March 14, 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Patrick Legault
Project Manager
Recreation Planning and Facility Development
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
City of Ottawa
613-580-2424, Ext. 13857
patrick.legault@ottawa.ca

Reid Park

Final Concept Plan

On June 25, 2013, a public meeting was held at the Hintonburgh Community Centre to present two preliminary concept plan options for the redevelopment of Reid Park.   The public presentation was very well attended and participants provided valuable feedback on the concept options, which resulted in the preparation of the Reid Park Redevelopment Final Concept Plan (1 MB) for the redevelopment of Reid Park.   

The following are the primary features of the final concept plan:

  • Replacement of the existing park building (former Reid Farmhouse) with a new 3,000 SF Community Building, to be located between the wading pool and the parking lot behind the Elmdale Lawn Bowling  Club.  This existing parking lot will be opened to the general public to serve the new community building, the lawn bowling club and all park facilities.  The small parking lot and vehicular access off Reid Avenue will be removed and returned to green space. 
  • Widening of the existing lane linking McFarlane Avenue to the parking lot behind the lawn bowling club to meet winter maintenance and emergency access standards, along with the installation of new fencing and gates to maintain the security of the lawn bowling club grounds.
  • Re-use of the heritage stone salvaged from the foundation of the former Reid Farmhouse.  The stone is to be re-purposed in the construction of sitting walls around the children’s playground and/or the design of a new gazebo in the park.
  • Installation of a heritage interpretation feature highlighting the land use history of the park and the former Reid farm and house.
  • Development of a large dedicated off-leash dog area on the north-east plateau of the park, in place of the old fenced operations yard.   The off-leash area will be treated with a dog friendly and maintainable crushed granite surface, landscaped and enclosed with decorative fencing.  
  • Development of a landscaped garden and planting buffer between the off-leash dog area and the rear yards of residential properties on Reid Avenue.
  • Development of an accessible pathway network through the park with multiple pedestrian access points from Reid and McFarlane Avenues. 
  • Relocation of the existing swings to consolidate the existing children’s’ playground in the park.
  • Extensive landscaping, tree planting and park furniture throughout the park.

 New Community Building

A plan for a proposed 3,000 sq. ft. community building was also presented at the June 25 public meeting.   The new Reid Park Community Building (509 KB) features two multi-purpose program rooms  (1,000 sq. ft. and 600 sq. ft.), a serving kitchen,  a small office/meeting room, women’s and men’s washrooms, program equipment storage space, as well as required utility spaces for mechanical, electrical and janitorial functions.   The layout and design of the community building reflects similar sized recreation facilities recently developed in other City parks and has proven to meet the range of recreation needs of the communities they serve.  

 Phasing Plan

The redevelopment of Reid Park is to be implemented in two phases to reflect the availability of project funding over two years.   

Phase 1        Construction of New Community Building            May – December 2014
Phase 2        Redevelopment of Reid Park                            May – September 2015

The construction of the new community building in Phase 1 will include landscaping around the new facility, new fencing, improvements to the existing vehicular lane from McFarlane Avenue and the demolition of the existing park building.   Due to the close proximity of the wading pool to the building construction site, the pool will be closed for the 2014 season for public safety.  The balance of the park will be available for public use during Phase 1 construction.

You are welcome to review and provide comments on the final concept plans and the phasing plan for the project.   Your input will serve to make improvements to these plans during the detailed design stage of the project. Please send your comments before February 15, 2014 to: 

Paul Landry
Senior Project Manager
City of Ottawa
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
Recreation Planning & Facility Development
613-580-2424 x24392
paul.landry@ottawa.ca

Richcraft Sensplex

Community Consultation re New Arena Complex (Richcraft Sensplex) on the Shefford Road site of Potvin Arena

The Ottawa Community Ice Partners (OCIP) is developing a new indoor multi-arena complex, officially named the Richcraft Sensplex, on Shefford Road in partnership with the City of Ottawa.  Construction will begin this spring and continue through to August 2014.  Everyone is invited to attend a public meeting to see preliminary concept plans for the facility and to provide input and comments.  

The public consultation will be held on: 

Monday, April 22, 2013
6 pm – 8:30 pm
Earl Armstrong Arena
2020 Ogilvie Road

This is your opportunity to participate in the design process of an exciting new multi-arena facility in your community.

For more information on the project and public meeting, please contact:

Brad Kinnaird
Capital Sports Management Inc.
613-599-0178
kinnairdb@bellsensplex.ca

Rockhurst Park

Overview

Rockhurst Park will be a 0.07 hectare parkette at the corner of Wellington Street West and Island Park Drive. The developer of the future mixed-use development at 1451 and 1445 Wellington Street West (Mizrahi Development Group) will build the park in the adjacent untravelled road allowance at the southern end of Rockhurst Road.

The road allowance is currently landscaped with grass and trees. Once completed, the park could contain an improved corner area, central seating area, play or water component, public art, planting, and a pathway. There is the potential to connect the park to the ground floor restaurant patio of the adjacent building and conserve some of the existing trees.

What we’ve heard so far

Thirteen residents attended the public meeting on June 9, 2016 to review and discuss the four park idea plans [PDF 4.2 MB]. Councillor Jeff Leiper hosted the meeting with the developer, the consultant and City staff available to answer questions. The City received eleven written comment sheets. These comments, along with more detailed site information, point to six emerging design priorities for the park.

  1. Retain some of the existing trees. They are a landmark feature, improve the micro-climate of the site and screen the park from the busyness of the street corner. It would take years for new trees to provide a similar effect. 
  2. Create a wider pathway, ideally a curvilinear one.
  3. Incorporate an area for seating and informal play in the centre of the park.
  4. Improve the screening of the utility and servicing area at the rear of the park by retaining the existing trees in that area.
  5. Consider the relationship with the café/restaurant and patio in more detail, including access, views and the potential to incorporate a water feature.
  6. Create a more structured and attractive corner area at the intersection of Wellington Street West and Island Park Drive. Orient it towards Wellington Street West and integrate seating, planting, signage, and potentially a public art feature into it.

The concept plan is progressing based on the six design priorities. Additional public consultation on the final concept plan will take place later this year*.

*Update 

Due to a longer-than-expected building design process, and the need to coordinate the park design with the building design, consultation on the park concept plan has been re-scheduled for early 2017.

Next Steps

Work towards a final concept plan by spring 2017, with park construction potentially in 2018.

The eventual park concept plan will meet City of Ottawa Accessibility Design Standards and the provisions of the City of Ottawa Park and Pathway Development Manual including the Parks and Pathways Inclusive Design Checklist

Contact

Ingrid Coney, Parks Planner
Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services 
110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON, K1P 1J1
Tel.: 613-580-2424 ext. 13226
Fax: 613-580-6006
Email: ingrid.coney@ottawa.ca
Diane Emmerson, Parks Planner
Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services 
110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON, K1P 1J1
Tel.: 613-580-2424 ext. 16683
Fax: 613-580-6006
Email: diane.emmerson@ottawa.ca

Sawmill Creek Community Centre & Pool Expansion Plan Proposals

Members of the public are invited to comment on potential expansion options

Option A [ PDF 647.84 KB ]

Option B [ PDF 677.1 KB ]

Option C [ PDF 649.36 KB ]

For additional information, please contact:

Patrick Legault,
Project Manager,
City of Ottawa Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 13857,
E-mail: patrick.legault@ottawa.ca