Fernbank & Blackstone Park Updates

 

Haliburton Park Update

A new park is being planned for the Fernbank Community in Stittsville. The park will be located on a 1.28Ha parcel of land at the corner of Haliburton Heights and Slapshot Way.

The park features include an intermediate soccer field, puddle rink, small splash pad, and an accessible children’s playground with swings, sand play, and play structures for all age groups. Amenities also include a gazebo with picnic tables and benches.  Please view the attached park concept plan and park images.

Haliburton Park Concept 2017

Haliburton Park Images 2017

The Haliburton Heights Park is project built by the developer and City staff have touched base with the consultant and the project timing is currently: tender fall 2017; construction start up spring 2018; completion summer 2018.

 

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Fernbank/Blackstone Community Park Timelines: The large community park in Blackstone will be 3.25 hectares (8 acres +/-) and will service a large area of the Fernbank community and will be located southwest of the intersection of Rouncey Road and Groningen Street.

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The park will be constructed by the developers and the trigger for the park to be built is 50% of the building permits for the area it services. This community park serves both the Blackstone and Fernbank Crossing (Regional Group) developments. The total combined unit total is 2,800 (+/-).

I have been provided the following update with respect to building permits:

  • Blackstone: Mattamy/Cardel ~ 600
  • Fernbank Crossing: EQ/DCR/Richcraft ~ 400

Total ~ 1000

With 400 permits to go to reach 50% the developers estimate that they are about 1 ½ – 2 ½ years out.

When the park features are planned there will be an opportunity for community input as the City and the developers work together on the design of the park.  A detailed plan has not been developed at this time but City Planner for the Park has developed a Facility Fit plan for the Community Park in Blackstone including the following list of potential facilities, please note that it is likely this list could change and it is only intended as a preliminary concept list:

Dry play area ( junior, senior toddler, swings)

Splash pad water play

Shade shelter

Fully boarded rink with lights and multiuse court (basketball)

Double tennis court with lights

Intermediate soccer field

Full sized soccer field

Parking

Pathways, benches, waste receptacles

Planting – trees and shrubs

Open green space – unstructured area

 

It was also noted that the City is considering the addition of a community sized skateboard park in this park, however this would require removal of one of the other components within this park as it must stay within the target budget for the park.

 

Additional neighbourhood parks: There are three other parks in the Fernbank Community Design Plan which are in the planning stages to be constructed north of the Trans Canada Trail, two in Mattamy Homes’ Abbottsville development and one in the Richcraft Homes development.