WINNIFRED STEWART PARK PROJECT UPDATE March 2014

Spring is here, and things are picking up with our Park Revitalization Project. Here is the latest information to keep you updated.

The NPDP and CFEP grants were applied for in December of 2013. Great news! We have just heard that our NPDP grant has been conditionally approved, subject to City Council’s approval of continued funding for the Neighbourhood Park Development Program in the 2015-2018 capital budget. Upon City Council approval, we should receive a final confirmation of our funding allocation in January of 2015.

We should hear about the CFEP grant sometime in April 2014.

The City has assigned us a Project Manager: Rodger Davidson, and a Landscape Architect: Jim Black. We met with them last November, and discussed the park design and changes we hoped for. They mentioned that the City has specific guidelines for adding lights to park spaces, which comes down to putting lighting only where there is a path. Thus it was suggested to add another leg to the proposed path, leading to the northwest corner, so as to light that section of the park. This section would be in rundle stone, because it is more heavily treed and would be sensitive to digging, unlike the rest of the path, which will be asphalt.

There are many levels of approvals to go. Here are some that are in progress. Power for lighting must be brought to the park, which requires EPCOR’s approval. The City has specific guidelines as to the kind, height and focal points of lights, and these will be forthcoming. The proposed picnic tables and park benches are being looked at and will also need approval, as they would come from out of province. The Winnifred Stewart Association has donated the construction of the asphalt path. Their contractor is currently not City-approved, but we have been told that there is a process by which to get approval for a donation in-kind. The City Project Manager is looking into all of this.

We were provided a City budget, with which to fill in the grant applications. The budget thus far was quoted to be $194,454.53

Here is a breakdown of the funding we have requested:

NPDP grant $75,000.00 (Conditional approval)

CEP grant $27,066.48

Asphalt path (WSA donation) $47,300.00 (Donation in-kind)

Inglewood Community League $36,500.00

Friends of Inglewood Fundraiser $ 8,588.05 (in our bank accounts)

We had a good discussion at the community meeting on March 24th. Here are some questions that were asked and answers that were provided.

Will there be any changes to the park, like cutting down trees, etc?

We want to keep the character of the park intact, and love our beautiful trees. Forestry is very particular about keeping the trees as they are. The project will ensure that the park landscaping remains consistent. There may be some pruning of shrubs that are overgrown, and cutting of lower branches of trees for visibility and more security. More shrubs might be planted should some need to be displaced.

Will lights in the park disturb the residents around the park? Will they be too bright at night?

While we don’t know yet what these lights will look like and how much space they light up, because the tree canopy that surrounds the park doesn’t currently let light in, the reverse would be also consistent, in that the light would be seen through the trees, and not be overly bright. Their presence is to ensure visibility and safety in the darkness hours.

Who takes care of the park once the project is done and who pays for the lighting?

The City will take over ownership of the park furniture and construction once completed. Forestry and Parks take care of the maintenance now and will continue to do so. Lighting gets absorbed into the City budget. The project costs to get all the construction done is itemized above with the funding requests.

Will residents be able to use the park during construction?

Yes. Construction will happen in phases. There would be surrounding barriers around the sites being worked on, and materials used, but sections of the park would be designated for public use during construction. As there are different parts to the project, the designated areas will change as the project moves forward.

What is the timeline of the project?

It is hoped that the path construction will take place this summer, 2014. The rest of the construction is slated for completion in 2015. All the money has to be in place prior to the work being done. As the asphalt is a donation, this can take place earlier, pending City approval.

As we move forward with the project, we will keep you informed. Included is the latest design from Jim Black, our landscape architect.

If you have questions, or any comments about any of the information or the design, please email friendsofinglewood@outlook.com

Thank you to all who attended the March 24th meeting. We are grateful for your input, questions and comments.

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