West Park was developed in the early 1980s and serves as a major destination in south Keswick for both residents and visitors. A sports park, it includes lit and unlit ball diamonds, unlit soccer fields, a playground and parking.
The park is bordered by Lake Drive to the west, Ravenshoe Road to the south, and regenerated woodland and wetland to the east and north. Approximately three hectares of the park is regulated by the Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority (LSRCA) due to its proximity to a provincially significant wetland, its location on a highly vulnerable aquifer and poorly draining soil conditions.
The existing facilities have reached the end of their useful life, and combined with the need to address the site conditions, the park is due for rejuvenation. Minor rehabilitation work will be occurring in 2021, with full redevelopment to occur in the future.
March 26, 2019 -for West Park Redevelopment
Nov. 28, 2018 Public open house presentation materials and
Council reports and presentations
Presentation -- April 10, 2019
Council report -- April 10, 2019
Council report -- Sept. 19, 2018
Presentation - West Park site conditions and redevelopment options - May 31, 2017
Council report - West Park follow up - April 26, 2017
Presentation - Multi-use Recreation Complex update - July 5, 2016
Questions and Answers
The existing facilities have reached the end of their useful life, and combined with the need to address site conditions, the park is due for rejuvenation. Significant programming delays are commonplace as a result of the fields being unusable after rain events.
Approximately three hectares of the park is regulated by the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) due to its proximity to a provincially significant wetland, its location on a highly vulnerable aquifer and poor draining soil conditions. The site will require extensive sub-drainage systems under new free-draining soil layers to improve the play fields.
The 2016 estimate to redevelop West Park was between $7 and 8 million.
The 2018 design award was $400,000. Community engagement and feedback from the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority increased the scope of the project.
The current Class D estimate for 2019 is $8.6 million, plus $1 million in contingency and taxes for a total estimate of $9.7 million for 2019.
The minor rehabilitation work on the ball fields will take a minimum of one playing season. Fields are expected to be operational again in 2022.
As a sports park, West Park redevelopment will include (as minimum) four ball diamonds and supporting facilities, soccer pitches, playground(s), trails and parking. Public open houses have been held to obtain feedback on the concept plan, and the design will be further refined.