City Announces Park Improvement Plans for Odell, Killarney Lake Parks

The City of Fredericton has released details on the Park Improvement Plan efforts for Odell and Killarney Lake Parks.  City staff announced their plans to seek public input through an online survey and photo contest to members of the Community Services Committee.  The initial public consultation process will be followed by two public meetings scheduled for June 28 and June 29, 2017.

“We need the public to be a part of the conversation about the future of Odell and Killarney Lake Parks”, said Councillor Steven Hicks, Chair of the City’s Community Services Committee. “I encourage the residents of Fredericton to participate and share their thoughts either visually as part of our photo contest, or by taking the time to complete the survey online.”

Odell Park is one of Fredericton’s most significant parks on Fredericton’s south side.  The park totals 135 hectares of mostly forested land, but also includes a caretakers home, Odell Lodge, ball field, trails and parking access, picnic areas and passive parkland.  The park is host to a diverse ecosystem of flora and fauna, including one of the few remaining old growth forests in North America.  The Odell Park Improvement Plan must balance these sensitivities with public input from citizens and park users and provide recommendations on appropriate land use activities as the park and its user groups evolve. 

Killarney Lake Park is a 762 hectare park on the City’s north side and is a major recreation asset generally bordered by St Mary’s Street, Canada Street and Two Nations Crossing. The park hosts a mix of active and passive recreation activities and is one of the most heavily used parks in Fredericton due to the lake and beach, the Killarney Lake Park Rotary Centennial Lodge and an expansive four season trail system.  The Killarney Lake Park Improvement Plan will address future uses within the park, balancing the quantity of active and passive use, while considering new investments in trail infrastructure.

The Odell and Killarney Lake Park Improvement Plans follow improvement plans for both Wilmot and Carleton Park finalized in March 2017. 

The Park Improvement Plans aim to create feasible and long term development plans for four of the City’s premier parks.  The overall objective is to improve and maximize the value and usage of these important recreational and cultural parks while being respectful of their unique and sensitive natural environments.  The plans will act as guiding documents toward developing management plans that allow for cooperative planning, design, implementation and stewardship. 

Details on the photo contest, including rules of entry and prizing information can be found at www.fredericton.ca/parkplans.  An online survey will be conducted.  Details will be released soon.