West Park Redevelopment

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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.     

Location map 

 

Thanks to everyone who attended the Nov. 28, 2018 open house at the ROC and the March 26 open house at the Civic Centre. Residents are encouraged to send questions and comments to buildinggeorgina@georgina.ca.

March 26, 2019 - Preferred design for West Park Redevelopment 

Nov. 28, 2018 Public open house presentation materials and questionnaire

Council reports and presentations

Presentation - The Redevelopment of West Park - April 10, 2019 

Council report - West Park redevelopment design update - April 10, 2019 

Council report - Award of consulting services, West Park and Sutton Community Park design - Sept. 19, 2018

Presentation - PDF icon West Park site conditions and redevelopment options - May 31, 2017 

Council report - PDF icon West Park follow up - April 26, 2017

Presentation - PDF icon Multi-use Recreation Complex update - July 5, 2016

Questions and Answers 

Why does West Park need to be redeveloped?

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.

What are the problems with the park?

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.

How much will the redevelopment of the park cost?

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 updated construction budget will be considered during the 2020 capital budget deliberations.

 

How long will it take to redevelop the park? When will it be ready for use again?

Depending on how Council choses to reconstruct the park, either phased or as one contract, West Park will be under construction for a minimum of two playing seasons.

What type of facilities will be included in the redevelopment?

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 will be held in fall 2018 to obtain feedback on the current concept plan and design will be further refined.