SHAREL PARK DESIGN OPTIONS PRESENTED AT PUBLIC CONSULTATION

Following the approval of funding through the city of Ottawa 2017 Budget, a complete upgrade of Sharel Park is now possible. There has been a lot of progress to move the community closer to a revamped park complete with a new playground, gazebo and a splash pad.

My office, along with city staff, organized a public consultation meeting, which was held on January 10th, where information regarding two design options was presented. It was an opportunity for residents to comment on design details and weigh in on the elements included in the park.

The playground, gazebo and a splash pad are proposed to be constructed in spring and early summer 2017.

Thank you to all those who made it out on such a snowy evening, it was a great pleasure to present the Sharel Park playground options. Due to weather conditions, I understand that many of you were unable to attend the public consultation and so, I would like to share the options presented.

I am excited to see the Sharel Park Improvement Project move forward and I encourage you to share this information with your neighbours.

We would like your comments on the playground options and your preference for Concept Option 1 or 2 by Friday, January 27, 2017. Please forward your comments to JeanCloutierOtt@ottawa.ca.

I look forward to receiving your feedback.

 

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Concept Option 1 features a junior play structure for children aged 18 months to 5 years old; a senior play structure for children aged 5 to 12 years old; a cozy dome; 2 saddle spinners; 2 spring toys; a sand play area with fossils and a transfer bar for people with disabilities; and a 3-bay swing with 2 belt seats, 2 bucket seats, a rigid seat and an inclusive seat.   The existing gazebo will be replaced with a new gazebo with a steel roof and columns mounted on a concrete pad.  Concept Option 1 proposes to locate the new gazebo at the western end of the playground.  This location allows the main playground pit to be expanded to accommodate the junior and senior play structures and the other play equipment.

*Engineered wood fibre will be used as the protective surfacing material in the playground areas, except for the sand play area, to accommodate people with disabilities.  Accessible benches and an accessible picnic table will also be added to the playground area, and the existing pathway to Florida Avenue will be reconstructed with a maximum slope of 5% to provide an accessible route to the playground.

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Concept Option 2 includes a climbing wall and an embankment slide located at the existing retaining wall; a senior climbing structure called “the creature” for children aged 5 to 12 years old, including one slide; a tipi climber; a discovery tipi and creative space; one spring toy; a sand play area with fossils, a cozy dome and a transfer bar; and a 3-bay swing with 2 belt seats, 2 bucket seats, a rigid seat and an inclusive seat.  Concept 2 proposes to locate the new gazebo in the same location as the existing gazebo.

*Engineered wood fibre will be used as the protective surfacing material in the playground areas, except for the sand play area, to accommodate people with disabilities.  Accessible benches and an accessible picnic table will also be added to the playground area, and the existing pathway to Florida Avenue will be reconstructed with a maximum slope of 5% to provide an accessible route to the playground.

 

 


 

SHAREL PARK IMPROVEMENTS 

In Fall 2015, I held an onsite community consultation meeting for Sharel Park, with staff from our Parks & Recreation department. We saw a great turnout! This community is engaged and knows very well what is needed to improve usability and play value at this park; we captured many suggestions.

The City of Ottawa has several funding streams that can be allocated to park projects. One of them is ongoing ‘Life Cycle Funding’ which allows us to replace existing elements at the very end of their usability. Although in need, the play structure at Sharel Park has not yet risen to receive this funding.

Our 2016 city budget included ‘Strategic Initiative’ funding for parks, which provides capital cost for new elements in areas that are underserved. Based on feedback collected last fall, I pitched a new splash pad for Sharel which was well received by staff. With this type of funding secured, I’m excited to bring the community into the discussion.

Please share your comments with me by email to jean.cloutier@ottawa.ca, on your preferred area for the proposed splash pad. Comments will be accepted until June 17, 2016.

 

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