The Spears High-Pointe Neighbourhood Plan identifies the need for a neighbourhood park at the corner of Meadowood and Kerby Streets, to serve the local community. Neighbourhood Parks form the foundation of the Town’s park system, providing passive and active recreational opportunities within walking/cycling distance of local residents.

The design and construction of this .18 hectare (.45 acre) Neighbourhood Park was approved by Council through the 2020 budget process. SHIFT Landscape Architecture has been retained to develop a master plan for the park, which will guide future construction. The Park Master Plan will be developed based upon the Town’s Neighbourhood Park standards and in consultation with the community. Although a small park, it could include amenities such as a playground for a variety of age groups, a shade structure, gathering space, open green space, landscaping and shade trees, pathways and seating – depending on the priorities of the community.

We invite you to view preliminary information on the park design on this webpage, and to share your ideas and vision for the park by completing this survey. Your feedback will guide us in further refining the park concepts.

When it is safe to do so, we will invite you to a public open house to discuss the concepts more thoroughly.

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* 2. Please indicate the number of people, from each age group of your household, that will use this park:

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* 3. Please tell us which local parks you currently visit, and describe how you use them.

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* 4. Although ‘Spears Park’ will be a small park, and as such the construction  budget is limited, the park will be most successful if it is able to accommodate a wide variety of uses, needs and activities. At this early stage, it is helpful for us to understand what features you think would be important in the space. Please rate the following elements.

  Not Important Somewhat Important Important  Very Important
Areas for community gathering, small group picnics, etc. (grouped benches + seating)
A structure such as a trellis that can provide some shade
Small active sports area such as a ½ court basketball hoop or multi sport court
Exercise equipment
Open lawn space for local neighbourhood events (neighbourhood party, movie nights)
Public Art
Standard Playground Equipment - with a slide, climber, etc
Sensory Playground - Unique elements, focused on activities that aim to have a stronger connection to the senses and allow for ‘child directed play’ 
Planted spaces / Landscaping such as small, contained gardens, shade trees etc.
Environmentally focused landscapes such as rain gardens and pollinator gardens

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* 5. What park features will attract you to the park in the warm months (summer, late spring, early fall)?

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* 6. What park features will attract you to the park in the cold months (winter, early spring, late fall)?

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* 7. At this early stage of the project, we have provided themes for three preliminary park concepts - to initiate discussion. Is there a concept that you prefer? If so, why? Are there specific elements in the presented concepts that you like, that we should try to include in the final park design?

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* 8. Do you have any additional comments?

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* 9. Bonus Question: Since it is new, this park does not have an official name. Here is your opportunity to name the park - submit your ideas below or to shansen@forterie.ca. The person who submits the selected name will win a prize.

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