New Park for the Lian Valcour Neighbourhood: Multi-Year Project kicks Off This Summer

Natural play equipment, extensive trails and year-round access are just some of the proposed features of the City of Fredericton’s newest  neighbourhood park plan.

Residents can consult the Lian Valcour Neighbourhood Park Development Master Plan on the City’s website (www.fredericton.ca/parkplans). The park is a multi-year project with some construction slated for later this summer. It will serve residents living south of Bishop Drive and adjacent to Lian Street and Valcour Drive.

“The creation of this master plan followed a carefully organized series of consultations and planning processes,” said Coun. Stephen Chase, City Councillor for Ward 9. “The development of the Lian Valcour Neighbourhood Park is part of a municipal commitment to invest in and improve Fredericton’s park system. I look forward to seeing this valuable addition to the community come to life.”

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

  • Nature Play – providing a playground built with natural materials when possible.
  • All Age and Inclusivity – offering a park where residents of all ages and abilities have opportunities to socialize and play on their own terms.
  • Two Purposes for Every Object – providing park components that serve a dual use for both social and play activity.
  • Extended Activity – offering a design that focuses on social and play activities but allow for walking, biking, snowshoeing, yoga and concerts.
  • All-Season Access – providing a park that is accessible year-round no matter the season.
  • Eyes on the Park – offering a design where future neighbourhood development can view into the site.

The development of the park will be broken into three phases starting with the construction of a walking loop and trail into the park from Valcour Drive later this year. Work on the creation of an activity centre, nature trails and remaining park amenities will follow over the coming years.