Parks 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

Facility and Community Park Improvements

Casablanca Waterfront Park Design

Casablanca Waterfront Project Banner

About the Project

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 (75% Submission)

  • December 2021 - March 2022
  • Complete

Detailed Design Approvals (100% Submission)

  • March 2022 - June 2022
  • In Progress

Procurement and Project Tendering

  • June 2022 - August 2022
  • On Track

Park Construction of Phase One, Two and Three

  • August 2022 - August 2023
  • On Track
Project Website

www.letstalkgrimsby.ca/casablanca-waterfront-project

 

Forty Mile Creek Pedestrian Bridge Replacement 

Forty Mile Creek Pedestrian Bridge Replacement

About
This bridge connects over the 40 Mile Creek for pedestrian uses. The bridge will be fully accessible, and will ensure safe crossings in a very well travelled area.
Timeline of Work

Preliminary Design Work

  • Start: Summer 2022
  • Complete: December 2022
  • On Track

Forty Mile Creek Wood Bridge Replacement

  • 2023 (subject to available funding)
  • On Track
Nelles Beach Park Beach Access

Nelles Beach Park view looking towards the lake

 About
The access point to the beach is undergoing improvements to increase safety and provide a temporary solution to the erosion on the existing access pathway.
Peach King Centre Expansion & Renovation

PKC Expansion Project

 About
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

  • July 2021
  • Complete

Confirmed Commitment and Funding Strategy by Council

  • January 2022
  • Complete

SPIF Agreement Finalized

  • April 2022
  • Complete

Project Management Firm Selection

  • June 2022
  • In Progress

Future Project Dates (coming soon)

 Project Website
 www.letstalkgrimsby.ca/grimsby-peach-king-centre-expansion-project
 Pickleball Courts at Mayfair Park

 Grimsby Pickleball Courts Project Banner

 About

The Town of Grimsby is making some improvements to Mayfair Park, which is located by the corner of Lake Street and Baker Street North and also includes the Steve McDonnell leash-free dog park. 

Construction will include four pickleball courts and a half-court basketball/mixed-use area:

  • A 10-foot perimeter fence will separate the basketball area from the pickleball courts
  • The pickleball courts will be locked by a code that will be made available by visiting the town’s website (more details to come)
  • There will also be a windscreen/acoustic sound barrier constructed
  • The existing play structure and swings will remain
 Timeline of Work

Project Initiation & Preliminary Outreach

  • Spring 2021 
  • Complete

Project Tender Period

  • December 2021 - February 2022

Complete

Project Construction

  • April 2022 - June 2022
  • In Progress
 Project Website
www.letstalkgrimsby.ca/pickleball-courts 
 Recreational Trails Master Plan

Recreational Trails Masterplan Project Banner

 About
 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
  • In Progress

Prepare Draft and Final Report

  • June 2022 - July 2022
  • On Track
 Project Website
www.letstalkgrimsby.ca/grimsby-recreational-trails-plan

Neighbourhood Park Improvements

Neighbourhood Park Improvements Image

Merritt Park

Removal of Existing Playground

  • April 2022
  • Complete

Playground Structure and Swing Replacement

  • May 2022
  • Complete

Park Landscaping Improvements

  • Fall 2022
  • On Track
 Arrowhead Park

Removal of Existing Playground

  • May 2022

Complete

Playground Structure and Swing Replacement

  • May 2022
  • Complete

Park Landscaping Improvements

  • Fall 2022
  • On Track
 Sherwood Park Swing Set

Removal of Existing Swings

  • April 2022
  • Complete

Swing Replacement

  • May 2022
  • Complete

Pinewood Park

Playground Structure and Swing Replacement

  • May 2021
  • Completed

Cindy Court Park

Playground Structure and Swing Replacement

  • May 2021
  • Completed
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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