High Point Ridge to benefit from new park plan

A new neighbourhood park plan outlines the creation of a natural play area filled with opportunities for year-round outdoor activity. A natural play area and a winter sliding hill are just two of the features that will allow for year-round outdoor activity in the High Point Ridge Neighbourhood Park.

The final draft of the park’s Master Plan is now available on the City of Fredericton’s website at www.fredericton.ca/parkplans. The park will serve residents living on Morning Gate Drive to Sarah’s Lane and neighbouring streets. Construction is slated to begin later this year.

“Residents have told us the park is the neighbourhood’s number one priority,” said Coun. Henri Mallet, City Councillor for Ward 12 and Chair of the Community Services Committee. “We consulted with them throughout the planning process and they through have helped design a fantastic park that will be a great addition to the neighbourhood and Fredericton’s park system.”

Residents took part in a series of community engagement sessions, workshops and surveys as part of the development of the plan to solicit feedback on how they would like the park designed. Ideas from the engagement included ensuring the park focused on:

  • Nature Conservation – development with respect and appreciation of the surrounding natural environment.
  • Mixed-Use Walkway Network – a trail system that is accessible from park entries and activity zones while offering trails that respect nature.
  • Mixed-Age Nature Play – providing a mix of opportunities to play on natural structures and contemporary offerings with a focus on nature and physical activity.
  • Social Activity Centre – encouraging improved health and social activities by offering social-based court-style games.
  • All-Season Access – providing a park that is accessible year-round (including by foot in the winter) with features such as a sliding hill and winter walking trails.

The development of the park will be broken into three phases starting with the construction of a walking trails into the park from Sarah’s Lane and Morning Gate Drive later this year. Work on the creation of an activity centre, nature trails and remaining park amenities will follow over the coming years. The budgeted cost of the park is $986,841.