The Town of Conception Bay South is currently developing an inclusive, family, Community Park. The project will see the construction of a new, outdoor, public park that is completely accessible, including a playground, and a dual-recreational, year-round surface, which will be a splash pad in summer and ice skating surface in the winter. In addition, the park will have washroom and change room facilities, walking trails, a performance stage, parking, and subsequent civil and electrical work needed for the park. The new Community Park will improve access to recreational infrastructure for local residents and visitors. The park will be located along the Inner Long Pond Harbour, with parking access off Bishops Road.
The development and construction of this park has been a priority project of Council. This goal will be achieved through a phased approach for both funding assistance and construction.
Work for Phase 1 included:
Installation of an inclusive playground and swing set.
Completion of accessible walking trails.
Parking area off Bishops Road.
The Concept Plan for development of this site can be found below. Please note, this is a Concept Plan only. As development progresses, it is likely that the detailed design of the park may change slightly from the Concept Plan below.
Since initial planning at the beginning of this project, the Concept Plan for the park has evolved when considering the accessibility component. The plan will now include one larger building to house change rooms, washrooms and mechanical needs for the park, instead of the initial proposal of two buildings. A performance stage for the park is also being considered.
Work for Phase 2 is anticipated to include:
Installation of the only dual splash pad and ice skating surface in Newfoundland & Labrador.
Installation of a performance stage.
Construction of a service building that will house change rooms, washrooms and controls for the ice surface/splash pad.
Installation of overall park lighting.
The following milestones will be set for work during Phase 2:
Adoption of Development Regulations amendment to allow for construction of service building, splash pad, ice surface and performance stage (March 16, 2021).
Creation and development of tender documents for a finalized design, pre-tender estimate, and specifications.
Apply for a development permit and permitting procedures through the Town (April 26, 2021)
Provide public opportunity to review and comment on the LUIAR draft terms of reference, following the development application
Finalize the terms of reference
Consultant to submit LUIAR for review and acceptance.
Develop an operational plan and present to Council.
Request approval to call Tender and Tendering process (end of May – mid June)
Review submitted tenders and award by end of June, early July
Continued construction and park development.
Information and Consultation Overview
Regular updates and notices have been ongoing as development of the Community Park progresses. Engagement includes, but is not limited to communication through the Town’s website; social media; regular mail and notices issued to neighboring property and business owners; and notices printed in the Shoreline. Feedback from residents is always encouraged.
On June 15, 2016, the Town, in partnership with the Business Improvement Association, hosted a Community Engagement session at Manuels River regarding the Harbour Plaza Development Plan. During this session, while not its primary focus, the open space adjacent to the Harbour Plaza Development (the Community Park), was discussed.
Development of the Community Park was brought forth in the Budget Presentation for 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.
In June 2019, the Town of Conception Bay South sent a Limited Call for Proposals for engineering design services for Phase 1 of the Community Park. On July 16, 2019, the RFP was awarded to Progressive Engineering Consultants.
On July 16, 2020, the Town, joined by MP Ken McDonald, and the provincial Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment Derrick Bragg, announced funding for a new community park in Conception Bay South.
On July 23, 2020, the tender for construction work associated with Phase 1 was awarded to Dexter Construction Company Ltd.
On July 31, 2020, residents were advised through the Town’s website, and social media, that as of August 5, 2020, the park site would be closed to the public to facilitate construction and heavy equipment work in the area.
On August 19, 2020, the Town met with residents of the area to address concerns over the development of the Community Park, followed by a subsequent site visit and walk through with staff.
Construction updates on social media.
Regular construction updates provided by Council during Public Council Meetings.
On October 26, 2020, the Town of Conception Bay South sent a Request for Proposals for Prime Consultant Services related to the Community Park Phase 2. Council awarded this RFP on December 1, 2020 to Mills and Wright Landscape Architecture.
In preparation for future developments, the Town proposed an amendment to its development regulations. Notices seeking feedback from the general public were published in the February 11 & 18, 2021 editions of The Shoreline newspaper, on its website and through its social media channels. A draft version of the proposed amendment was posted to the Town’s website.
During the week of Feb 7, 2021, notice of the proposed amendment was sent by regular mail to all known property owners near the community park at Bishops Road, including property and business owners along Bishops Road, Villa Nova Road and the north side of the Conception Bay Highway between Bishops and Villa Nova Roads.
During the Public Council Meeting of March 2, 2021, Mayor Terry French addressed resident concerns regarding the proposed amendment to the Town’s Development Regulations. This discussion can be heard below.
The proposed amendment to the Town’s Development Regulations was registered by Municipal and Provincial Affairs on April 16, 2021.
Design and construction addressed the unique issues associated with the environmental conditions on the site during Phase 1. Particular care was taken to set elevations, ensure proper drainage and prevent sea water inundation. Since Phase 1 completion, extreme weather events have occurred and have been monitored, with no significant impacts observed. Given the expected life span of the park, combined with the fact that it is located in the high geological hazard area, Council required the consultant to complete a Land Use Impact Assessment Report.
The park represents infrastructure that is intended to benefit the residents of Conception Bay South for many years to come. The Report identifies additional measures that could be considered in the medium to long-term planning horizons, to address potential issues with future climate change, including coastal erosion. This was a proactive measure taken by Council, to ensure the continued enjoyment of the park by future generations.
The Town is adapting the way it proceeds with Town development by strengthening the environmental lens with which projects are viewed. This increased emphasis on environmental stewardship aligns with the goals of the federal and provincial governments to develop infrastructure that is sustainable, and environmentally friendly. The LUIAR for this site provides insight and planning to ensure these goals continue to be recognized for years to come.
As part of this process, the draft Terms of Reference for the LUIAR was made available for public review on April 28, 2021. Residents had 14 days to provide feedback for consideration.
Council approved the final version of the Terms of Reference for the LUIAR on May 19, 2021.
The LUIAR was submitted by the consultant on May 28, 2021 and accepted by Council on June 1, 2021.
Development Approval was issued for Phase 2 of the Community Park on June 2, 2021.
Council adopted Amendment No. 35, 2021 to the Town’s Development Regulations at the Public Council Meeting on March 16, 2021. Council considered the comments from the public regarding the proposed amendment, and refined the final version that was adopted, so that the only change to zoning was focused on the Community Park. The initial version of the amendment circulated for public comment, and the final version adopted by Council, are posted below. The Town submitted the amendment to the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Municipalities requesting that it be registered under authority of Section 24 of the Urban and Rural Planning Act, 2000 on March 18, 2021. The amendment comes into legal effect when a notice that the amendment is registered is published in the NL Gazette. The Town will also publish the registration notice in The Shoreline newspaper and on its website.
The Town feels it is important to ensure zoning regulations are clear with respect to the Town’s discretion to consider development of the splash pad / ice surface, performance stage and a service building.
The Town is subject to its own Building and Development Regulations, which are provided to the Town’s consulting company, who completes work and development. Completed design documents are submitted to authorities having jurisdiction, which may include several Provincial and Federal Departments. During the process of procuring goods and services for this site, the Town, or its representatives, adhere to the Public Procurement Act.
Given the facilities planned for the park, such as an accessible playground, splash pad, etc., it is expected that this park will attract residents to the area. The Town will monitor and respond accordingly as needed.
No, the repairs to the inner harbor breakwater will have no impact on the Community Park project.
Professional consultants involved through different phases of the park design have considered the necessary evaluation of environment conditions. This may include sea level rise, precipitation events, and development of the park in accordance with environmental guidelines.
As part of Phase 2 development, a LUIAR will be completed to identify any additional measures that could be considered in the medium to long-term planning horizons, to address potential issues with future climate change, including coastal erosion. This will help ensure the continued enjoyment of the park by future generations, while also realizing the Town’s objective to create green, environmentally friendly, spaces.
The Community Park will be a destination for family activities, that will be accessible for all ages and abilities. Programming for the park is currently in its planning stages, but will be finalized once operational requirements and final design work have been completed.
This park has been funded jointly by the federal and provincial governments, and the Town. The total amount budgeted for the construction of the park is $3,000,000. The Town’s contribution under the cost-shared arrangement is $990,000.
In 2016, this property was purchased by the Town for $953,075.
During the construction phase, residents may experience an increase in noise and activity at the site from construction equipment and machinery.
Once construction is complete, being a family-oriented park, it is anticipated that noise and disruption would not exceed that of other parks within our Town. A park of this nature will be used by many residents, so typical noise from patrons at the splash pad, ice surface or on playground equipment can be expected. Any special activities or events at the Community Park will adhere to the policies and regulations set out by the Town.
The Town welcomes feedback from its residents regarding programming and events offered throughout the community. During the development of the Community Park project, the Town has requested input from residents and addressed potential concerns. Programming for the park is currently in its planning stages, but will be finalized once operational requirements and final design work have been completed.
For questions and information on development of the Community Park, please contact the Town at 834-6500.