West Whitby Unnamed District Park

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In fall 2019, the Town 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 survey to name the park has closed. Thank you to all those who participated. The Town will review the results and provide an update soon.

The shortlist of four names proposed by Town staff includes:

Atkinson District Park: to honour the former landowners and historic farming family, the Atkinsons.

Des Newman Park: to honour former Whitby Mayor Des Newman (1966-1975) and align with the park's municipal address on Des Newman Boulevard.

Pollinator District Park: to recognize the moment a swarm of 40,000 honey bees brought the community together when they stopped on a sign at the intersection of George Holley Street and Little Beck Crescent. To reinforce the Town's commitment as a Bee City and to the Mayor’s Monarch Butterfly Pledge.

Queens Common West District Park: to match the name of the new subdivision and reference the historic Queen's Plate horse race held in the area of Highway 2 and west of what is now McQuay Boulevard in 1870.

Learn more about each suggestion in this report and read the Town’s Municipal Facility and Park Naming Policy.

What’s Next

Thank you to those who shared their feedback on the name for this new park. We’re looking forward to sharing the survey results soon through both a Council report and update on this project page.


Update (September 30, 2021)

Here is the most recent update on the development of the park.

This is the largest park project in the Town’s recent history. It includes multiple partners and with continued pandemic impacts there has been a slight delay in construction, which is common with projects of this scale. We now anticipate the first phase of construction to begin later this fall. We thank residents for their ongoing patience and look forward to opening the park in the summer of 2022.

We would also like to thank the many residents who took the time to share their feedback on possible names for the park. We expect to bring the results forward to Council for further direction through a staff report on November 22. If interested, you can tune in to the Council meeting at whitby.ca/livestream.

Update (September 9, 2021)

Following a review of the construction bids for this project, the Town and its partner Mattamy Homes have awarded the construction contract for the park to the low bidder, Melfer Construction Inc. The Town has completed many successful park projects with Melfer Construction. The first phase of construction is now anticipated to start in late September. The park is expected to open during summer 2022.

The West Whitby District Park will be the largest park investment in the Town’s history, including design features like:

  • A fitness area (donated by Mattamy Homes)
  • Lit multi-purpose field
  • Multi-skills court with an additional basketball net
  • Half-court basketball
  • Four pickleball courts
  • Bee themed senior and junior playground areas
  • Fun ball net
  • Sand play area
  • Splash pad area
  • A honeycomb inspired hexagon-shaped shade shelter
  • A walking trail with bench rest areas
  • Native plantings to support pollinator species
Due to the competitive bid process and resulting overall pricing beyond the Town’s allocated budget, the following optional design features will not be part of the park’s construction: lighting for the pickleball courts, raised deck seating around the gazebo/shade structure and a coloured concrete splash pad surface.

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.

Park Design

The revised park plan 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 splash pad 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.

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.

In fall 2019, the Town 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 survey to name the park has closed. Thank you to all those who participated. The Town will review the results and provide an update soon.

The shortlist of four names proposed by Town staff includes:

Atkinson District Park: to honour the former landowners and historic farming family, the Atkinsons.

Des Newman Park: to honour former Whitby Mayor Des Newman (1966-1975) and align with the park's municipal address on Des Newman Boulevard.

Pollinator District Park: to recognize the moment a swarm of 40,000 honey bees brought the community together when they stopped on a sign at the intersection of George Holley Street and Little Beck Crescent. To reinforce the Town's commitment as a Bee City and to the Mayor’s Monarch Butterfly Pledge.

Queens Common West District Park: to match the name of the new subdivision and reference the historic Queen's Plate horse race held in the area of Highway 2 and west of what is now McQuay Boulevard in 1870.

Learn more about each suggestion in this report and read the Town’s Municipal Facility and Park Naming Policy.

What’s Next

Thank you to those who shared their feedback on the name for this new park. We’re looking forward to sharing the survey results soon through both a Council report and update on this project page.


Update (September 30, 2021)

Here is the most recent update on the development of the park.

This is the largest park project in the Town’s recent history. It includes multiple partners and with continued pandemic impacts there has been a slight delay in construction, which is common with projects of this scale. We now anticipate the first phase of construction to begin later this fall. We thank residents for their ongoing patience and look forward to opening the park in the summer of 2022.

We would also like to thank the many residents who took the time to share their feedback on possible names for the park. We expect to bring the results forward to Council for further direction through a staff report on November 22. If interested, you can tune in to the Council meeting at whitby.ca/livestream.

Update (September 9, 2021)

Following a review of the construction bids for this project, the Town and its partner Mattamy Homes have awarded the construction contract for the park to the low bidder, Melfer Construction Inc. The Town has completed many successful park projects with Melfer Construction. The first phase of construction is now anticipated to start in late September. The park is expected to open during summer 2022.

The West Whitby District Park will be the largest park investment in the Town’s history, including design features like:

  • A fitness area (donated by Mattamy Homes)
  • Lit multi-purpose field
  • Multi-skills court with an additional basketball net
  • Half-court basketball
  • Four pickleball courts
  • Bee themed senior and junior playground areas
  • Fun ball net
  • Sand play area
  • Splash pad area
  • A honeycomb inspired hexagon-shaped shade shelter
  • A walking trail with bench rest areas
  • Native plantings to support pollinator species
Due to the competitive bid process and resulting overall pricing beyond the Town’s allocated budget, the following optional design features will not be part of the park’s construction: lighting for the pickleball courts, raised deck seating around the gazebo/shade structure and a coloured concrete splash pad surface.

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.

Park Design

The revised park plan 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 splash pad 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.

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.

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