Makeover for Barnardo Park to start in the fall


Barnardo Park is get­ting a num­ber of new fea­tures this fall, in­clud­ing a splash pad and new play struc­tures.

Barnardo Park is on Barnardo Ave., just north­east of Clarke Dr.

The wad­ing pool there is be­ing re­placed with a splash pad and the ag­ing play struc­tures will be re­placed too.

Con­struc­tion on the pro­ject is start­ing this fall (so the park won’t be un­der con­struc­tion in the sum­mer).

The de­sign was un­veiled to the pub­lic at a meet­ing at Queen Alexandra Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Thurs­day night. About 15 cit­i­zens at­tended. Coun. Dave Haacke was there. “We’ve had noth­ing but pos­i­tive com­ments all night – es­pe­cially from landown­ers whose prop­er­ties abut the park,” he said.

Gil­lian Barnes, the city’s pro­ject man­ager for fa­cil­i­ties, said the cost of the pro­ject is $600,000: The city is pay­ing half and the prov­ince is pay­ing half.

In late Jan­uary, the city was told it’s get­ting a pro­vin­cial grant from the On­tario 150 Pro­gram.

That’s a fund for cap­i­tal projects, in hon­our of Canada’s 150th birth­day; the pro­gram is ad­min­is­tered by the On­tario Tril­lium Foun­da­tion.

To be el­i­gi­ble, the city had to pro­vide match­ing funds. Barnes said coun­cil had al­ready bud­geted $300,000 for the park, with the in­ten­tion of re­plac­ing the wad­ing pool with a splash pad.

The new splash pad is ex­pected to be sim­i­lar in size to the one at King Ed­ward Park (on Ge­orge St. S., near the YMCA).

With the grant, the city can also do the fol­low­ing work at Barnardo Park, in ad­di­tion to in­stalling the splash pad: In­stall new play struc­tures. Resur­face the gravel park­ing lot next to the ten­nis court. Add a new, paved path­way from the splash pad to the park­ing lot (it will run along The Park­way cor­ri­dor and then east to Barnardo Ave.).

The ex­ist­ing ten­nis courts, base­ball di­a­mond and bas­ket­ball court will re­main.

The re­vamped park is ex­pected to be ready for use in spring.

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