Roy Duncan Park Phase Two

posted Dec 3, 2010 8:02 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association

Originally posted October 28, 2010

Phase Two of the Roy Duncan Park (Van Lang) was installed last week as part of a three phase improvement to the park that began with a community consultation in early 2008.

The new additions to the park in Phase II includes three new benches, one trash receptacle, a flag pole and a new fence. A new gate will be located in the north- west corner of the playground gives easy access to the park from the entire neighbourhood . A community bulletin board will be installed in the next couple of weeks. New play structures, a gazebo and water pad were built as part of phase one of the revitalization of the park that was officially opened June 2009.

The project is being funded through the City of Ottawa’s Cash-in Lieu of Parkland funding. Large developments must set aside land for recreation or pay the equivalent value in cash to the city. Sixty per cent of this fund is turned back to the ward where the development occurs.

The Westboro Beach Community Association worked with the Parks and Recreation Department and Councillor Christine Leadman to apply for the changes to the park. Plans are underway to secure funding for six trees at the northern end of the soccer field as well as a replacement to an ash tree near the walkway.

Work Starts on Roy Duncan Park

posted Dec 3, 2010 7:56 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association   [ updated Dec 3, 2010 8:02 AM ]

Originally posted October 20, 2008

Work on Roy Duncan Park has started with a grand opening planned for the summer of 2009. Located at the entrance to Westboro Beach at the corner of Churchill and Workman, the park will undergo a number of improvements over the next three years.

The project is a joint effort of the City of Ottawa, the Westboro Beach Community Association, the Dovercourt Recreation Centre, the Carlington Community Health Centre and a number of representatives from residents groups in the community . The changes to the park will mean more greenspace that can be enjoyed by everyone in Westboro Beach.

This fall, the city has engaged the contractor Exel Corporation to replace the existing play structures, seats around the gazebo, benches as well as a water supply for a community garden. The greenspace area will be levelled to improve the play area for neighbourhood children. It will be a much play area for soccer. There will also be a new low fence placed in the north end of field. Other changes in phase two and three of the project is improvements to the green area such as pathways, new trees and benches in the section in the north east corner. The third phase will be a more tasteful fence around the park with an entrance at a corner making it more open and accessible to everyone in the community. It is hoped the city will put a new sign at the entrance indicating the name of the park. The WBCA would like to hold a competition to have art at the new gateway to the park as well as the construction of a community bulletin board.

The Westboro Beach Community has undertaken a fundraising campaign to raise money for phases two and three of the project. These are the extras not covered by the City of Ottawa. To date, the community has received financial support from the Westboro Kiwanis and the Westboro Business Improvement Area (BIA).

The plan for a small ice surface around the gazebo has been dropped from the plans as city engineers could not accommodate the change around the gazebo structure.

It is hoped that all worked that includes digging, asphalt and concrete can be done this fall before the arrival of the snow. The seeding of the field will wait until the spring.

Please look forward to a grand opening of phase one of the park in the spring or summer of 2009.

Community Consultation Meeting on Roy Duncan Park

posted Dec 3, 2010 7:55 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association

Originally posted January 22, 2008

A community consultation will be held on Tuesday, February 5 on the re-design of the Roy Duncan Park.

The consultation begins with an Open House at 6:30 followed by a presentation and discussion which starts at 7:30. The presenter is Jeff Kaster, the landscape designer responsible for preparing the working plans for design and construction of the Park.

The location is the Taiga Non Profit Housing Boardroom at 2001 Scott St, (the large apartment building beside Donna’s Express).

You can assist the design phase of the project by filling out the questionnaires posted in the Roy Duncan Park section of our website. They can be delivered to Donna’s Express up until February 4th or you can bring the completed forms with you to the meeting. Copies will also be available at the meeting for you to fill out.

This will be a very child friendly meeting and we look forward to input from those of all ages.

Roy Duncan Park Revitalization

posted Dec 3, 2010 7:51 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association

Originally posted January 15, 2008

The City of Ottawa is planning a re-vitalization of the Roy Duncan Park which is located adjacent to the Van Lang Private housing complex at the corner of Scott and Churchill.

The Van Lang Private Housing Association, the Westboro Beach Community Association, Carlington Community and Health Services and the Dovercourt Recreation Association are working with the City and other organizations on this initiative.

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