Town seeks public input on Cadzow Park playground options

Cadzow Park is one step closer to having a new playground. Last week Town staff, including Early Childhood Educators, recreation programmers, accessibility representatives and the building and development team, narrowed down proposals to four options, all of which meet accessibility and budgetary requirements.

The Town is now seeking input from residents on the four options through a survey, now available online at townofstmarys.com or townofstmarys.survey.esolutionsgroup.ca – Survey ID=76KJ878 and in hard copy at the Town Hall (lower level Church Street entrance). Feedback will be accepted until 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 13.

Director of Building and Development, Grant Brouwer, will also be visiting local elementary school classes this week to get input from the students.

“I wanted to get direct feedback from the age demographic that will be using the playground,” said Brouwer. “Our staff is very pleased with the final four options,” he added, “each one includes accessibility and safety features such as a saucer swing, protective surfacing and connecting paths.”

In 2014, the transformation of Cadzow Park began with the removal of the old Youth Centre/Friendship Centre. In 2015 extensive planning went in to developing a plan for the future use of the park space. A consultant was retained and proposed four different concepts. After a public review process, Council voted on the four designs and decided to incorporate “Concept D”, which included a splash pad, new multi-generational playground (ages 2-12), pavilion, band shell, a larger parking lot, a patio area, and a trail system connecting all of the features. In 2016, Cadzow Pool was removed to allow the Town to proceed with building the new park concept. Step one of the re-development is to build the new playground. Town Council has pre-approved $150,000 for the project within the 2017 municipal budget. The playground will be funded in part through a $50,000 grant from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Project.

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