West Whitby Unnamed District Park

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Thank you for your interest in West Whitby Park. We are pleased to let you know a park rendering is now available to view here. The new design outlines the overall park design, a pickleball and basketball area, splash pad, exercise equipment area and playground designs, including a bee-themed playground rendering – as requested by the community.

Further to Council direction in January, Parks Design staff reviewed the additional request for two basketball nets within the multi-use wall area. We have since revised the plan to include the following:

  • A basketball half-court on the east side of the pickleball courts
  • An additional basketball net has been incorporated into the multi-use court located in the south west area of the park
  • A Fun Ball Net has been added near the playgrounds and offers younger park visitors a fun opportunity to learn basketball skills.

In response to the community's desire and Council direction for a honeybee and pollinator themed park, the following elements are being incorporated into the design:

  • Plants to attract native pollinator species;
  • A honeycomb inspired hexagon-shaped shade shelter with a bee ornamentation;
  • The playground incorporates yellow and black tones with bee and honeycomb details throughout, a large bee climber, bees cut-outs at the playground, roofs with floral details and honeycomb climbers.
  • The splashpad design integrates flowers and nature-inspired elements that speak to the pollinator/bee theme.
  • An interpretive sign shaped as a stop sign will be installed beside the sand play area to outline the inspiration for the bee theme for the park, and the neighbourhood’s story of the bee swarm that was found nearby.

As part of the next steps, a park tender will be issued within the next few weeks. It will be open for three weeks, then staff will work with the successful bidder to ensure the park construction is completed as soon as possible - based on contractor availability. We look forward to welcoming you to your new park in the future and will continue to keep you updated on progress on this page.

Project

In the Fall of 2019, the Town of Whitby started the design development for Whitby's newest 10 acre (4 Ha) district park located at 105 Des Newman Boulevard.

The proposed district park will help serve a diversity of ages and abilities of the growing community for years to come. The park will be tendered this winter and the final design may be adjusted to meet the allocated budget. Park construction is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2021 and be completed in the late summer.

Park features and amenities included in the proposed design include:

  • a lighted combination rugby/soccer field;
  • pickleball courts;
  • a multi-skills court;
  • a playground and sand play area;
  • a splash pad;
  • a shade shelter;
  • a fitness area;
  • a walking trail with bench rest areas;
  • a parking lot;
  • portable toilets within a covered shelter;
  • bike racks and,
  • native plantings to support pollinator species

Planning a Park

The Town has four different Park classifications including Town, District, Local and Parkette; all of which serve a different function and contain different park elements and amenities.

  • A Town Park has major facilities and contains community centres, arenas, swimming pools and lighted athletic fields and is intended to serve the recreational needs of the whole community.
  • A District Park such this is designed to serve the recreational needs of a larger neighbourhood or series of neighbourhoods. They are for primarily active recreational uses including lighted athletic fields, playgrounds, courts and parking areas. Various sport user groups rely on District Parks to undertake the various sports programming for youth minor sports across the community.
  • Local Parks and Parkettes are intended to serve the recreational needs of the immediate neighbourhood for active and passive recreational uses. Local Parks contain sports fields, playgrounds, courts and walkways. Smaller Parkettes normally contain playgrounds, seating areas and walkways.

The Town's Official Plan and several Council approved guiding documents help direct the development of our parks. These include the Culture, Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan (CPROS) and the Sports Facility Strategy (SFS). Both of these studies account for trends, demographics, current inventory and service levels. The SFS determined that the Town lacked a multi-use field for rugby and soccer and also identified the need for pickleball courts; currently one of the fastest-growing activities.

Have additional questions about this project? Email Jill Stanton, Landscape Architect at stantonj@whitby.ca.

Thank you for your interest in West Whitby Park. We are pleased to let you know a park rendering is now available to view here. The new design outlines the overall park design, a pickleball and basketball area, splash pad, exercise equipment area and playground designs, including a bee-themed playground rendering – as requested by the community.

Further to Council direction in January, Parks Design staff reviewed the additional request for two basketball nets within the multi-use wall area. We have since revised the plan to include the following:

  • A basketball half-court on the east side of the pickleball courts
  • An additional basketball net has been incorporated into the multi-use court located in the south west area of the park
  • A Fun Ball Net has been added near the playgrounds and offers younger park visitors a fun opportunity to learn basketball skills.

In response to the community's desire and Council direction for a honeybee and pollinator themed park, the following elements are being incorporated into the design:

  • Plants to attract native pollinator species;
  • A honeycomb inspired hexagon-shaped shade shelter with a bee ornamentation;
  • The playground incorporates yellow and black tones with bee and honeycomb details throughout, a large bee climber, bees cut-outs at the playground, roofs with floral details and honeycomb climbers.
  • The splashpad design integrates flowers and nature-inspired elements that speak to the pollinator/bee theme.
  • An interpretive sign shaped as a stop sign will be installed beside the sand play area to outline the inspiration for the bee theme for the park, and the neighbourhood’s story of the bee swarm that was found nearby.

As part of the next steps, a park tender will be issued within the next few weeks. It will be open for three weeks, then staff will work with the successful bidder to ensure the park construction is completed as soon as possible - based on contractor availability. We look forward to welcoming you to your new park in the future and will continue to keep you updated on progress on this page.

Project

In the Fall of 2019, the Town of Whitby started the design development for Whitby's newest 10 acre (4 Ha) district park located at 105 Des Newman Boulevard.

The proposed district park will help serve a diversity of ages and abilities of the growing community for years to come. The park will be tendered this winter and the final design may be adjusted to meet the allocated budget. Park construction is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2021 and be completed in the late summer.

Park features and amenities included in the proposed design include:

  • a lighted combination rugby/soccer field;
  • pickleball courts;
  • a multi-skills court;
  • a playground and sand play area;
  • a splash pad;
  • a shade shelter;
  • a fitness area;
  • a walking trail with bench rest areas;
  • a parking lot;
  • portable toilets within a covered shelter;
  • bike racks and,
  • native plantings to support pollinator species

Planning a Park

The Town has four different Park classifications including Town, District, Local and Parkette; all of which serve a different function and contain different park elements and amenities.

  • A Town Park has major facilities and contains community centres, arenas, swimming pools and lighted athletic fields and is intended to serve the recreational needs of the whole community.
  • A District Park such this is designed to serve the recreational needs of a larger neighbourhood or series of neighbourhoods. They are for primarily active recreational uses including lighted athletic fields, playgrounds, courts and parking areas. Various sport user groups rely on District Parks to undertake the various sports programming for youth minor sports across the community.
  • Local Parks and Parkettes are intended to serve the recreational needs of the immediate neighbourhood for active and passive recreational uses. Local Parks contain sports fields, playgrounds, courts and walkways. Smaller Parkettes normally contain playgrounds, seating areas and walkways.

The Town's Official Plan and several Council approved guiding documents help direct the development of our parks. These include the Culture, Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan (CPROS) and the Sports Facility Strategy (SFS). Both of these studies account for trends, demographics, current inventory and service levels. The SFS determined that the Town lacked a multi-use field for rugby and soccer and also identified the need for pickleball courts; currently one of the fastest-growing activities.

Have additional questions about this project? Email Jill Stanton, Landscape Architect at stantonj@whitby.ca.

Consultation has concluded
  • West Whitby Unnamed District Park Tender for Construction

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    On May 21st, 2021 the tender was issued with a deadline for submissions by June 11th, 2021 from qualified contractors. The bids will then be evaluated by the project team and the best submission will be selected. Please stay tuned for further updates including the anticipated construction schedule.


  • Council Approves Revised West Whitby Park Design

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    Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the West Whitby Unnamed District Park design through a virtual open house held last year. More than 1,000 community members visited and nearly 200 residents submitted thoughts and ideas on the project through Connect Whitby.

    An initial staff report summarizing feedback gathered during the open house and final design recommendations was presented to Committee of the Whole on January 18. During the meeting, Council requested staff to further explore opportunities to create a multi-purpose court space that could be used for a variety of sports.

    Last night, January 25, Council unanimously approved a number of changes to the design for the park based on feedback received from the community. These include:

    • a more modern design for park playground equipment;
    • bee-themed play equipment elements (to be included in the request for proposals where possible);
    • a multi-purpose wall (attached/adjacent to pickleball fence), and;
    • associated asphalt area along the west fence line of the pickleball courts to provide a play/practice area for a variety of sports. Two basketball nets will also be included in this multi-purpose area.

    For more details, view the staff report and memorandum on the project.

    As part of next steps, Mattamy Homes and Town Staff will proceed with detailed construction drawings, tender documents and work on contractor selection.

    If you haven’t already, subscribe to the West Whitby Park page on Connect Whitby to stay informed on future park updates, including the start date for construction. Staff will also report back to Council with naming options, in addition to Des Newman.

    If you have questions or concerns you can connect with Jill Stanton, Landscape Architect, at stantonj@whitby.ca. For more information, visit whitby.ca/parks

  • West Whitby Park Update

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    Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the West Whitby Unnamed District Park design through a virtual open house held October 13 to 27, 2020 using Connect Whitby.


    More than 1,000 community members visited and nearly 200 residents submitted thoughts and ideas on the project through Connect Whitby. An initial staff report summarizing feedback gathered during the Community Open House and final design recommendations was presented to Committee of the Whole on January 18.


    During the meeting, Council requested staff to further explore opportunities to create a multi-purpose court space that could be used for a variety of sports. The final report will go to Regular Council on January 25. Tune in to the Council meeting at 7 p.m. at whitby.ca/livestream.

    We welcome ongoing feedback. If you have questions or concerns you can connect with Jill Stanton, Landscape Architect, at stantonj@whitby.ca


    For more information visit whitby.ca/parks

  • Community Open House Update

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    Thank you to the community members who shared their feedback during the West Whitby Unnamed District Park Virtual Community Open House.

    More than 1,000 people visited the open house on Connect Whitby, with nearly 200 residents directly contributing their feedback to help inform the development of Whitby's newest district park to be located at 105 Des Newman Boulevard.

    The Town is currently reviewing all comments and questions submitted during the open house. Based on this feedback, staff members will provide recommendations to Council later this year. Updates will also be shared at key milestones through Connect Whitby.

    Thank you, again, to our community for their valuable feedback and being part of the process to build this new park.

    Have more questions about this project? Email Jill Stanton, Landscape Architect at stantonj@whitby.ca.

    Looking for more ways to help shape future projects and initiatives in the Town?
    Check out the full list of Connect Whitby community engagement projects at connectwhitby.ca/projects