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City Announces Local Jubilee Park Features

Web posted on January 30, 2014

Guelph, On, January 30, 2014 On February 11, Guelph's Community and Social Services Committee will receive a staff report recommending City Council approve the Jubilee Park Conceptual Master Plan.

The proposed neighbourhood park, located at 11 Sweeney Drive in the city's south end, will include a play structure, natural playground, shade structure, splash pad, tennis courts, natural ice rink/multi-use court, open play space, naturalized area, sculpted earth, butterfly garden, game tables, public art, and educational and historical elements.

Last fall, the City asked future park users to identify the features they want to see in Jubilee Park. Residents were also given an opportunity, in person and online, to provide input into the development of park concepts.

"Collaborating with future park users allowed us to develop a unified vision for Jubilee Park. Residents chose the program elements for the design concepts, and refined and chose the preferred conceptual master planone that best reflects the community's outdoor recreational needs and aspirations," says Karen Sabzali, the City's manager of Parks and Open Space.

From the five engagement opportunitiesfour public meetings and an online discussion forumparticipants agreed the park should be designed for all ages, focus on the needs of residents living in neighbourhoods near the park, and provide trees for shade as well as green space that integrates with the natural space to the south.

Jubilee Park will be built in two phases. Phase one, funded through the Council-approved capital budgets in 2013 and 2014, is expected to be completed this fall. The second phase will happen in 2016, pending budget approval.

About Jubilee Park
Named in commemoration of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee year, Jubilee Park is situated on 4.9 acres of parkland. The area is zoned as a community park (P.3 zone) which allows for specialized recreational facilities if used by a wide segment of the population. A community park may also serve in a dual role as a neighbourhood space, serving the immediate residential area.

The City's zoning bylaw permits a conservation area, informal play area, outdoor skating rink, picnic areas, play equipment, public washroom, sports fields, trails, water spray area, concession stands, historic sites, outdoor theatre, parking, swimming pool, and wildlife management area in P.3 zones.