Concept Plan for Gorsebrook Park

Concept Plan for Gorsebrook Park

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.

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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).



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:

Positives Negatives Suggestions
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


After meeting with residents on site the following improvements are in the works



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:

Positives Negatives Suggestions
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


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