City Unveils Park Improvement Plans; Seeks Public Input

The City of Fredericton is seeking input from residents on the final draft of its new Park Improvement Plans for Wilmot Park and Carleton Park.  Plans for both Parks were presented to members of the Community Services Committee today and will be available for public viewing and feedback at two separate open houses in October. 

The recently released Park Improvement Plans are based on findings collected and processed from residents at two separate public workshops held in June 2016, as well as feedback from an online survey.  The conceptual designs of both parks are rooted in three big ideas; activity zoning, gateway circulation and neighbourhood interface.

Recommendations for Wilmot Park include:

  • A central park pathway to be realigned with the front door of Government House, a relocated band shelter, and future public art piece.
  • Re-configured parking to provide better family access to inner park areas.
  • A central ‘club-style’ Park Pavilion with storage, washrooms and program space to be located adjacent to the existing tennis courts and bowling green. 
  • A revitalized Family Play Area, with improved age-specific organization and social / shade spaces.
  • Primary park gateway and circulation improvements with signage, lighting and views into open activity spaces. 

Recommendations for Carleton Park include:

  • A central gateway and primary entry point to the park and to the river, enhanced with a plaza, play area, dedication wall and social space.
  • Re-configured parking area to enhance shoreline viewing and service / event vehicle access to the park. 
  • Park pavilion platform, an elevated shoreline structure for both personal and group use. 
  • A revitalized open space and trail network sized for informal play and events. 
  • The Picaroons Brewery to host a Roundhouse Station, a public rest and event space, and bicycle service station. 

Residents interested in learning more about plans for Wilmot Park are invited to attend the public meeting at Government House on Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 7-9 pm.  The conceptual plans for Carleton Park will be available for viewing and discussion at Picaroons Brewery, 912 Union Street on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 2-4 pm.

Members of the City’s Parks & Trees Division as well as the project consultant, Trace Planning & Design, will be on hand at both events to answer questions and receive public feedback. 

Details about the Park Improvement Plans can now also be found on the web page for the City’s Parks Improvement Plan.  The deadline to provide comments is November 4, 2016.