The municipality held a public open house on December 10, 2018 at the Dalhousie Student Union Building. A lot of what was heard in my public session in 2016 was reflect in the proposed design, though there are some concerns. The public was in attendance to review a preliminary park concept and to provide feedback on design and layout options. The feedback received at the open house and via electronic submission has informed an updated concept.
SAINT MARY’S BOAT CLUB PARK
Significant work has gone into the building itself, the tennis area, and a new playground was installed in 2018. Concerns are:
- landscaping issues, looking for some trees along the perimeter
- wooden platform next to play area at the lawn bowling needs to be replaced
- Lawn Bowling is not accessible, need to come up with a strategy
- Refresh the park signage and wayfinding, at the street, at the entrance and there is no indication any of the other assets are in there (lawn bowling, tennis, playground).
RAYMOND TAAVEL PARK
I am so pleased that this Inglis Street Park has been renamed Raymond Taavel Park. You can read about his story here. I love the ideas that the Friends of Raymond Taavel have generated and look forward to seeing these changes happen over this summer.
On Wednesday August 19 2015 we set up a tent and played some funk and R&B music on a little boom box and asked people what they thought of Inglis Street Park. What we heard was the park was comfortable and had a good image, that people like location but many didn’t know it was a park. The park is underused and needs signage saying it is a park. People wanted to volunteer to help clean up the park and make it more active.
As a result in 2016 a sign was installed, old telecoms infrastructure removed, the trees limbed up, and new benches and picnic tables delivered.
Here is a summary table of the feedback:
|Green space||People don’t know it’s a park, think it’s private property||Add signage to let people know it’s a park|
|Shade||Not enough seating||Add more benches and picnic tables|
|Trees||Not enough natural light getting through||Trim Trees to allow more light|
|Quiet, relaxing||More flowers/a garden|
|Close proximity to home||Add an area for children to play, fence along busy street.|
|Hold more community events, especially local musicians|
|Approach Boneheads for a partnership|
- Get a park sign there at the edge of the street leading to the water to better confirm access and when open and closed.
- residents would like it to have “no dumping, pack in it pack it out, no winter maintenance” and hours on it
- Picnic table was installed, community is also hoping for a bench
- Medium term looking to bring back the old switchback path down to the grass area by the water, current access lacks universial accessibility.
QUEEN AND GREEN
We met with residents and passers by on Friday August 21 2015. There was general concern about the comfort and attractiveness of the park. While it is centrally located, it lacks a sign to say it is a park, and it is not clean or maintained. The park is not busy. There is no evidence of sociability, volunteerism, and pride of ownership.
As a result, the bushes were removed, trees planted, new benches put in, and the failing brick replaced with new concrete. The accessibility was also addressed by putting in different coloured pavement so visually impaired people would be able to follow the contrast and now where the sidewalk was, and removal of the bollards and installation of sidewalk ramps for folks with mobility issues.
Here is a summary table of the feedback:
|Location/ proximity to home||Feel unsafe- public drunkeness & abusive language||Paint, repair, or replace benches|
|Green space in an otherwise busy area||Homeless sleeping on benches||Better general maintenance needed (benches, bricks, plants)|
|trees||Residents are unaware it’s a park||Repair brickwork on ground|
|Has a lot of potential||Not enough green space||add more flowers|
|Brick groundwork (but needs repairs)||Bricks are in bad shape||add more green space|
|Benches are old and need repair||discourage homelessness|
|Add signage so residents know it’s a park|
|Better lighting needed at night|
|trim bushes and trees|
|add chess tabes|
|Generally redesign area to make it more park-like|
|add a play area for children|
|More community events (exaples: community BBQ’s, local music, outdoor film screenings)|
|street vendors/ food trucks|