Construction on the multi-million dollar revitalization of College Park is set to commence late in 2015/early 2016. Beginning in 2012, the redesign process involved several community consultations and stakeholder meetings over the course of several months in 2012 and 2013. The design concept for the park can be seen here.
Since the last consultation, City Legal staff have been working with the adjacent property owners in an effort to secure leasing agreements to areas contiguous to the park that are privately owned, with the goal of ensuring that these lands remain green space. These negotiations have been difficult, but the City is securing agreements that would allow these parcels of land to be re-designed and maintained with the rest of the park.
Once these agreements are in hand, construction on the park can begin, in conjunction with necessary work of replacing the waterproofing materials of the parking garage underneath the park. The water proofing and below grade park construction is expected to last for one year, with the rest of the park being completed afterwards. While the elongated construction period is not ideal, it was decided that it would be preferable to completing the park in one year, only to have to tear it up a few years later to do work on the garage.
The future of the Barbara Ann Scott ice rink was one of the main points of discussion during the consultation process, as the current rink and adjacent facility are at the end of their life cycle and need to be replaced. After much discussion, a new ice trail feature has been included in the final design of the park that will allow leisurely skating, but will inhibit ice hockey.