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 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 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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    Basketball courts..we need more than 1 please. Also has the cultural demographic been considered as you have built out this plan

    ray asked 11 months ago

    The Culture, Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan (CPROS) and the Sports Facility Strategy (SFS) are Council approved guiding documents that account for trends, demographics, current inventory and service levels for outdoor facilities in Whitby. These two studies help the Community Services team to plan park development for the Town of Whitby. Thank you for question and we will include your input in a future summary of the virtual open house for this district park.

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    The proposed park is a great starting point. But can we please bring it to a more modern, sustainable and practical state similar to Audley Rec Center status, with modern playground for kids of all ages, rubberized floor, accessible parking lot, pollinators but not near people backyards/frontyards, splash pad, sandpit, skatepark, etc. making it a park that doesn’t need to be completely gutted in 10 years but will give us all, it’s regular users bragging rights over what is in our own backyard and what the Town of Whitby has created for us for generations to come? Is it not more financially sustainable to set it up this way upfront than to revamp in a few years?

    Dara A asked 11 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. Public playgrounds typically are expected to last a minimum of 10 years, often lasting closer to 15 years and occasionally 20 years in the best case scenario. Most playgrounds require renovations after 15 years due to the daily wear and tear that a public playground receives. 

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    Does the town have a way to actually evaluate where commenters are posting from? The forum has a troll (possibly a bot) and it's a little painful when you consider they could be anyone and as they've admitted, do not actually live in Queen's Common West. Again, this park must be built for the residents that actually live here or it is a waste of tax payer money.

    Astrid with one S asked 11 months ago

    Thank you for reaching out. Connect Whitby requires users to sign up with a valid Whitby postal code of their residence or the local business they operate. All Whitby residents and business owners are encouraged to participate in any open project on the site, however the project team will certainly look at feedback submitted by the neighbourhood specifically as part of the review.

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    I like the general design of the park. I read all the comments and I totally agree with one that it is better to put up the tennis courts and then add pickleball markings to allow for both sports. ( Tennis is a more popular sports I think) . And for playground, I proposed that we should add the playgound hanging bars ( not the single ones on the picture - I mean the one like the horizontal ladder) I know my son would love it. And this would add some different feature to the 'ordinary' playground.

    Kunjing asked 11 months ago

    Thank you for reaching out and we will add your comments to the final summary for the virtual open house which will be available for the public in the near future. All input will be considered for the future design of the park.

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    We definitely need more pickleball courts in Whitby. The ones at Cullen Park are not enough based on the increasing number of new players showing up every day ... young and old. As indoor play continues to be a challenge due to COVID, providing more outdoor pickleball courts is vital to promote health and well being. Many seniors like myself and wife really enjoy playing at Cullen Park but it's just too busy. We have many seniors over 75, kids and teenagers as young as 7 that now play the sport. Every week we see new young families, their kids and friends showing up. I'm afraid we will soon see ourselves playing in the streets if no new pickleball courts are not made available soon in Whitby!

    Norbert asked 11 months ago

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the requirement for more pickleball courts in Whitby. Your comments will be included in the final summary for this virtual open house which will be made public in the near future.

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    After reading many of the questions and comments here, it seems like the town is set on pickleball courts. May I ask why this is, given that of the 50+ comments I have read through so far, there is literally one single comment in favour of it? Will the town actually listen to the requests of the public, or is this a convenient way to point out that the public was in fact consulted? Also, I noticed in one of your replies that flyers were distributed in September for people to address their concerns. Was it this previous September 2020? As in 2 weeks ago late September? If so, the plans (including the pickleball courts) were already proposed, so again that goes back to my question of “will the town actually listen”?

    MeganT asked 11 months ago

    Two weeks notice for local residents is required prior to the Town hosting an Open House. In late September 2020 a public notice was delivered to the residents of the community adjacent to the park site. The purpose of the virtual open house is to gain public input into the design concept and therefore all comments, questions and emails will help drive any future design decisions for our new park.

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    Could you please consider to incorporate tennis court instead of pickleball court?

    Aamir asked 11 months ago

    Your request will be added to the summary of comments and questions submitted as a part of the virtual open house to help drive any future changes to the park design concept.

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    I don't see a tennis court. Will you include the tennis court.

    Ashish Deb asked 11 months ago

    Thank you for reaching out to us. Your question will be added the summary for the virtual open house which will help with any future design decisions for the park.

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    I would really like to know what happened with the proposed option for cricket which is more suited for our neighborhood. As you can see from many comments pickleball is not a sport the majority will play let alone know of. We are a diverse community and our park which we are paying the highest taxes for should reflect that. Yeah there is a basketball court but making use of another multipurpose court for people of all ages and types would be of better use. Secondary that park is completely outdated and a sorry excuse for a park. I had better equipment growing up and that's unacceptable. Will the town actually listen to the majority of this neighborhood and take actions to ensure we are promoting and encouraging the diversity we have in our neighborhood. The current proposal with outdated playground equipment does not encourage healthy curious minds to be adventurous and the pickleball court will be a waste of space apparently used by one family does not reflect the 350 plus home owners in our group. We ask that our asks age taken seriously.

    MariamB asked 11 months ago

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your opinion and we will take your comments into consideration when moving forward in the process of constructing the new district park for the community.


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    I have noticed many tennis courts in the GTA are including pickleball markings (as they fit within a regular tennis court). Could we instead put in the tennis courts and then add the pickleball markings, thus allowing for both sports, rather than just a single one?

    Haider asked 11 months ago

    Thanks Haider for your suggestion, we will consider this moving forward with the design of the park.