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Have your say on park redevelopments

Cordova Park (Photo courtesy City of Oshawa)

Cordova Valley Park and Fenelon-Venus Park are getting makeovers and the city is looking for the community’s input.

Ward 4 Regional and City Councillor Rick Kerr, chair of the community services committee, says this is “terrific news” for residents of all ages in these areas.

“In these pandemic times, enhanced outdoor activity opportunities are so important to the increased well-being of our fellow citizens,” he says.

Located at 811 Glen St., south of Bloor Street between Park and Ritson Roads, Cordova Valley Park will be the home of Oshawa’s newest off-leash dog area and will also feature a new playground, enhanced amenities and an improved soccer layout.

According to the city, the development will also include improved accessibility to the community garden plus increased areas of planting and naturalization to provide pollinator habitat, passive cooling and potential educational opportunities with the neighbourhood school.

“The redevelopment of Cordova Valley Park to include a leash-free dog park, and the modernization of Fenelon-Venus Park are long overdue and will be welcome improvements to our community,” says Ward 5 Regional and City Councillor Brian Nicholson, adding he’s is looking forward to its completion.

Located at 1230 Venus Crescent, Fenelon-Venus Park sits just east of Park Road between Wentworth and Phillip Murray Avenue.

This project will involve a partial redevelopment, including the replacement of the existing play equipment and surfacing, enhanced seating amenities, and improved accessible circulation.

Increased areas of planting and naturalization is planned for Fenelon-Venus Park as well to help capture rainwater and provide passive cooling, according to the city.

“Oshawa prides itself on keeping our parks safe and relevant for all ages.

Ward 4 City Councillor and Community Services Committee Vice-Chair Derek Giberson says these parks represent “great opportunities to further advance neighbourhood renewal in existing parts of the city.”

“It shows that not only are we not leaving these neighbourhoods behind as Oshawa grows, but that we’re looking at positive community transformation in our planning processes,” he says.

Ward 5 City Councillor John Gray says it’s important for the community to provide input on projects like this.

“Oshawa prides itself on keeping our parks safe and relevant for all ages. With Cordova and Fenelon slated for improvement, your participation and feedback is both welcome and necessary,” he says. “Your input will keep our parks to meet the demands of the local community.”

Community members are able to provide their feedback until 12 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19 by visiting Connect Oshawa to view a virtual presentation and complete an online feedback form, which will be considered for the Parks development projects.

A feedback form can also be completed on paper by calling Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311 during regular business hours.

For more information, visit www.connectoshawa.ca.

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