Belleville using COVID relief funds to enhance city parks and green spaces

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The City of Belleville will use $1 million in funding through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to enhance community trails, parks and playgrounds. Staff is now working with contractors to complete projects before the end of the calendar year.

Cascade Park – Openspace Solutions will begin construction of a new playground at Cascade Park next month. Located west of Sidney Street, south of Tracey Park Drive and north of Cascade Boulevard, the scope for this play space was to be inclusive and represent the diverse population in this area. The design will include an “explorer dome”, climbers, slides and swings, in addition to seating. For more information and a design concept for the playground, visit: Belleville.ca/PlaygroundUpgrades

Haig Park – ABC Recreation will begin construction of a new playground at Haig Park next month. Located east of Haig Road and south of Bridge Street East, the scope for this play space was to be challenging for youth ages 12 and up. The inspiration for this space was a “Belleville Ninja Warrior” challenge/course and the design will include fitness playground equipment, shaded picnic tables and additional swings.

Stanley Parkette – S.F. Scott Manufacture Ltd. (Blue Imp) will begin construction of a new playground at Stanley Parkette next month. Located east of Farley Avenue and north of Bridge Street East, the scope for this play space was to be fun for all ages, incorporating adult exercise equipment in addition to playground equipment. The design will include climbers, slides and other playground elements for diverse ages, stages and abilities in addition to a fitness circuit for adults, picnic tables and seating. For more information and a design concept for the playground, visit: Belleville.ca/PlaygroundUpgrades

Clarence Bird Park – Upgrades to Clarence Bird Park will include the addition of a paved, lit, recreational lifestyle trail around the park. Phases 1 and 2 include the establishment of the gravel trail loop, electrical service installation and infrastructure, parking lot expansion, tree planting and other improvements.

Mary-Anne Sills Park – The west centre light pole on the field has been relocated to allow for additional seating. Sports and spectator separation fencing as well as an updated entryway will be installed in coming weeks, with the integration of concrete bleacher pads to follow.

“Throughout the pandemic, residents have come to rely on our parks and green spaces for exercise, leisure and relaxation,” said Operations Planning and Development Manager of Transportation & Operations Services Rowland Cave-Browne-Cave.

“This funding will allow us to continue to improve upon these spaces which residents will be able to enjoy for years to come. We are grateful to our provincial and federal governments for their support and are eager to unveil these updated spaces in coming months.”

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