Park Renewal Update – Moving Forward

Below are the minutes to the March 9 Vermont Square Park Renewal Committee meeting.  Of note:

– funding is coming this year and next

– we are moving quickly to get a consultation organised this spring

– a designer/consultant will be hired over the summer to develop a few design options

– after a decision next fall – in a second community consultation – we will be getting ready for shovels in the ground in Spring 2011.

If you want to get involved or have a question please contact us.  Thanks!

VS Park Renewal Committee

March 9, 2010

Attending:  D Moeser, Chair, J. MacCallum, A. Ignatieff, Peter Smith, Paul Tonin, Jennifer Hunter, Bob Luker, M Desjardins,    Liza  Jerome, Greg Gaetz, D Rezmovitz

City staff: Bob Duguid, Brian Green (Parks and Rec,Horticulture)

Councillor staff: D Duncan, Jackie, A Vaughan

Agenda

-Budget: $550K- $50K this year, $500K in 2011

-Timing: it was agreed that the timing initially proposed by city was too tight and that the timelines would spread out a bit so that consultant would be hired in summer 2010, 4-5 month construction period would start May 2011

-Consultation is key: Adam Vaughan will attend AGM for an initial consultation which will inform design brief prior to hiring designer; Designer develops 2-3 design concepts for community input

Caveat: “design to the level of park you want, whether local community or ‘destination”, for example, a fabulous playground will make this a destination park that residents from other communities will use

-Communications: need to establish how to communicate with community –  a suggestion is a regular newsletter- and develop protocol between city and work group

-Fundraising: committee will consult with Sibelius on its strategy. Adam holding a “park convention” for ward parks to share info and fund raising ideas. One idea would be to consider entire block including St Albans and Bill Bolton and park as a single entity

– Next steps outlined by Duguid:

Our working group (VS Park Renewal committee) formalizes a design brief  in March

B Duguid develops critical path with milestones and timelines expected mid March

Develop Communications protocol (working group/city) and plan expected mid March (S.            Birchwood and committee members K. Devlin and C. Mallove)

Develop fund raising strategy – Lisa J to work with councilor’s office

Working group to meet with Duguid twice before AGM

Hiring process uses a city list of invitees, selection is based on lowest price,

First working group meeting with consultant in early September

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