Park and Facility Improvements

A town constructs parks and recreation facilities so its residents can grow as a community. Investing in suitable parks and facilities ensures our town is meeting the needs of its residents now and for future generations. Every year, we update our parks, trails and natural areas. This includes current renovation, revitalization, and state-of-good-repair projects in Grimsby's green space, parks and recreation facilities. The Town of Grimsby is committed to improving playgrounds and play spaces across the town so everyone can experience the joys and benefits of play. 

Grimsby’s construction and revitalization of parks and recreation facilities are guided by the Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan and other supporting documents.

 More about the role of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan

Some of the key outcomes of the plan are:

Create a current context for the department and the Master Plan including industry trends, challenges, population and demographics, user expectations, community profile and Town spending on parks, recreation and culture.

  1. Define the Town of Grimsby’s role in providing parks, recreation and culture services, and identify the department role specifically.
  2. Develop a vision for the department.
  3. Provide a baseline assessment (strengths and weaknesses) of the parks, recreation and culture service areas, including a review of departmental human resources, policies and infrastructure.
  4. Provide a framework of priorities for future decision-making that allows staff and Council to be responsive to changing needs, trends and emerging opportunities
  5. Create an implementation strategy for the 2028 vision that addresses each of the following areas including service level changes, capital investments and human resource needs to meet the objectives.
    • Parks services
    • Facility services
    • Recreation program services
    • Trails services
    • Cultural services
    • Community special events
    • Community development

Facility and Community Park Improvements

Current & Ongoing

Casablanca Waterfront Park Design and Construction

Casablanca Waterfront Project Banner

The Town of Grimsby is excited to proceed with the Casablanca Waterfront park development. Since the beginning of the development, there has been significant interest in this area. The connectivity and accessibility along the waterfront are a top priority for the Casablanca neighbourhood. In addition, developing this area to allow for better movement and higher community involvement will subsequently benefit local residents. The Casablanca Waterfront Project is a project that all Grimsby residents can enjoy; the vision is to develop the community park and promote the area as a destination park.

The Casablanca Waterfront Project spans the waterfront area from Hunter Road to the Water Treatment plant (with the easterly Losani development area to be developed later). The park project will be completed in several phases to maintain community access to the waterfront pathway as much as possible throughout the process.

Timeline of Work

Site Analysis and Program Development

  • May 2021 - June 2021
  • Complete
Conceptual Design Development
  • June 2021 - September 2021
  • Complete
Round Two of Community Engagement
  • October 2021 - November 2021
  • Complete
Detailed Design and Costing
  • December 2021 - March 2022
  • Complete

Detailed Design Approvals

  • March 2022 - June 2022
  • Complete

Procurement and Project Tendering

  • June 2022 - September 2022
  • Canceled
  • May 2023 - July 2023
  • Complete

Park Construction of Phase One, Two and Three

  • Summer 2023 - Spring 2024
  • In Progress
Project Website

www.letstalkgrimsby.ca/casablanca-waterfront-project


Forty Mile Creek Pedestrian Bridge Replacement

Forty Mile Creek Pedestrian Bridge Replacement


The current Forty Mile Creek pedestrian bridge is a wooden bridge that crosses Forty Mile Creek. The bridge was constructed using materials such as old telephone poles through a community partnership as part of a Bruce Trail connection. The community worked together to build the bridge, which held up for many years! Unfortunately, the bridge was closed in previous years due to safety concerns with the structure. Work is in motion for removing and replacing the Forty Mile Creek Bridge; a timeline is provided below.


Timeline of Work

Procurement for Engineering Design

  • June 2022 - September 2022
  • Complete

Design Work for Bridge Replacement

  • September 2022 - January 2023
  • Complete

Council Presentation of Design

  • March 2023
  • Complete

Budget Approval (Removal and Replacement)

  • April 2023
  • Complete

Construction Documentation and Detailed Drawings

  • May 2023 - August 2023
  • Complete

Procurement Process for Construction Work

  • August 2023 - September 2023
  • Complete

Budget Amendment Request

  • October 11th Finance Meeting
  • Complete
  • October 16 Council Meeting
  • Deferred

Construction Period for Removal and Replacement

  • To Be Determined
  • Deferred

Grand Oak Park

Grand Oak Park Revitalization Banner

Work is being undertaken at the park to build on what was already done by local citizens to plant native species. In preparation for creating a butterfly garden, invasive species, such as Japanese Knotweed, Multiflora Rose and Black Locust, are being controlled physically and chemically to make way for new plantings. This will support biodiversity and make the park more beautiful and educational for visitors.

Timeline of Work

Removal of Invasive Plants through the use of Spray and Machine

  • Fall 2022 and Spring 2023
  • Complete

Cutting/Tarping/Mulching Large Oval Wildflower Garden

  • Fall 2022
  • Complete

Design Plans for Wildflower Garden

  • Winter/Spring 2023
  • Complete

Plant Small Round Wildflower Garden

  • Fall 2023
  • Complete

 Peach King Centre Expansion and Renovation

PKC Expansion Project

In 2019, a citizen-driven Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan identified the need to improve opportunities for community recreation and access to indoor facility space in Grimsby. To achieve this, one of the top recommendations was to work towards a multi-use recreation facility on the Peach King Centre Grounds. This goal was further supported by Town Council's Strategic Priorities for 2019-22, identifying the need to "provide adequate and quality amenities to serve Grimsby's growing population."

In late August 2019, federal and provincial funding opportunities were announced and Council approved an expedited preparation of a concept plan for a Peach King Centre Expansion. On July 8th 2021, the project was selected for approval through the Ontario Government's Strategic Priorities Infrastructure Fund (SPIF), with the province contributing a grant of $16 million towards the total project cost of $21 Million. The Town of Grimsby is responsible for funding the remain $5.84 million and all facility operating costs.

Timeline of Work
Announcement of Project Funding
  • Summer 2021
  • Complete
Confirmed Commitment and Funding Strategy by Council
  • Winter 2022
  • Complete
SPIF Agreement Finalized
  • Spring 2022
  • Complete

Project Management Firm Selection

  • Summer 2022
  • Complete
Council Presentation
  • Winter 2022
  • Complete
Design Consultant Onboarded
  • Draft Stage 1 Archaeological Assessment
  • Functional Program and Site Plan
  • Planning Pre-Consultation
  • Spring 2023
  • Complete
Schematic Design
  • Award of Construction Manager
  • Capital Campaign Proposal and Ideas
  • Summer 2023
  • On Track
Project Website
www.letstalkgrimsby.ca/grimsby-peach-king-centre-expansion-project

Recreational Trails Master Plan

Recreational Trails Masterplan Project Banner

The Town of Grimsby is excited to start the development of a Town-wide Recreational Trails Master Plan. The purpose of the plan will be to prepare a long-range strategy that:

  • Serves as the blueprint for trail planning, design, and implementation over the next 20 years.
  • Promotes a shift to embrace the areas of natural and cultural significance Town-wide.
  • Integrates trails into the future growth of the Town of Grimsby.
  • Learns from past successes and lessons from the Town and other comparable municipalities; and
  • Supports trail planning, design, and construction by Town staff and partners.

For this project, Trails include primarily off-road links that support walking, cycling, and other active recreation. It not only includes the Bruce Trail but also will include park pathways, trails in natural areas, hydro corridors and long rail connections, pathway access to the waterfront, and multi-use pathways in place of a sidewalk. The plan is not meant to address active transportation routes and facilities found on-road such as bike lanes but may connect to some of these previously identified or exiting links.

Timeline of Work

Project Initiation & Preliminary Outreach

  • July 2021 - August 2021
  • Complete

Background Review, Data Collection & Analysis

  • August 2021 - September 2021
  • Complete

Community Consultation #1

  • October 2021 - November 2021
  • Complete

Outline of Initial Recommendations

  • November 2021 - April 2022
  • Complete

Community Consultation #2

  • April 2022 - May 2022
  • Complete

Additional Scope of Work

  • July 2022 - Fall 2022
  • Complete

Prepare Draft and Final Report

  • Fall 2023
  • Complete

Council Endorsement

  • December 2023
  • In Progress
Project Website

www.letstalkgrimsby.ca/grimsby-recreational-trails-plan


 

Neighbourhood Park Improvements

Neighbourhood Park Improvements Image

Gage Park

Removal of Existing Playground
  • July 2023
  • Complete
Playground Structure and Swing Replacement
  • July 2023
  • Complete

Dunrobin Park

Playground Structure and Swing Installation
  • July 2023
  • Complete
Photo Gallery: Community Park Improvements will appear here on the public site.
Photo Gallery: Neighbourhood Park Improvements will appear here on the public site.

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