Originally posted October 20, 2008
The project is a joint effort of the City of Ottawa, the Westboro Beach Community Association, the Dovercourt Recreation Centre, the Carlington Community Health Centre and a number of representatives from residents groups in the community . The changes to the park will mean more greenspace that can be enjoyed by everyone in Westboro Beach.
This fall, the city has engaged the contractor Exel Corporation to replace the existing play structures, seats around the gazebo, benches as well as a water supply for a community garden. The greenspace area will be levelled to improve the play area for neighbourhood children. It will be a much play area for soccer. There will also be a new low fence placed in the north end of field. Other changes in phase two and three of the project is improvements to the green area such as pathways, new trees and benches in the section in the north east corner. The third phase will be a more tasteful fence around the park with an entrance at a corner making it more open and accessible to everyone in the community. It is hoped the city will put a new sign at the entrance indicating the name of the park. The WBCA would like to hold a competition to have art at the new gateway to the park as well as the construction of a community bulletin board.
The Westboro Beach Community has undertaken a fundraising campaign to raise money for phases two and three of the project. These are the extras not covered by the City of Ottawa. To date, the community has received financial support from the Westboro Kiwanis and the Westboro Business Improvement Area (BIA).
The plan for a small ice surface around the gazebo has been dropped from the plans as city engineers could not accommodate the change around the gazebo structure.
It is hoped that all worked that includes digging, asphalt and concrete can be done this fall before the arrival of the snow. The seeding of the field will wait until the spring.
Please look forward to a grand opening of phase one of the park in the spring or summer of 2009.