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 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
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
Emsdale Alphabet Park
Victoria Harbour Firefighter Park
Strathroy Caradoc Train Park
Photos: Courtesy of Sinking Ship Entertainment/TVO