Parks, Recreation & Facilities

Parks, Pathways & Facility Improvements

We have more than 32 parks in Osgoode Ward, and they come in all shapes and sizes. See below for a few highlights of the many park renewals and upgrades that have taken place over the last few years.
See here for a full list if parks within the City of Ottawa.


Parks

George Nelms Park
5650 Mitch Owens Drive, Manotick
George Nelms Park near St. Mark High School is a very busy soccer park, with roughly 50,000 people using park throughout the soccer season. Home to the Ottawa South United Soccer Club, who offer both recreational and competitive leagues, there was some need for major improvements to keep up with the growing population of the area. By collaboration between my office and OSU, the parking lot at George Nelms Park was expanded by 80 spots in 2015, making for a total of 200 spots. This has allowed families to enjoy these City facilities in a safe and convenient manner. The improvements also involved an addition of a turf field and sports field lighting in the park; this has taken an already superior soccer complex to the next level!

Calwood Park
6641 Calwood Avenue
Caldwood Park is a new park within Shadow Ridge II. We had the pleasure of holding the official park opening in 2017! The park opening included family fun activities like face painting, games, and more, all provided by the Parks & Recreation department.

Pebble Trail Park
6860 Pebble Trail Way
We had the pleasure of hosting the official park opening for Pebble Trail Park in the fall of 2016. There was a great turnout with so many families enjoying the play structures, snow cones, cotton candy and balloon twisting! I am happy to see that this park is so well used since construction has completed.​

Joella Park
5565 Joella Crescent
Joella Park received a new playstructure with upgrades, and we held the official park opening in April 2016. I was able to use some of my CIL funds to help increase the project’s budget. I would like to thank Osgoode Village Community Association and City Staff for all of their hard work on this park.

Greely Village Park
7292 Parkway Road
After being constructed in two phases, the brand new Greely Village Park had its official grand opening in April 2016.  This park has swings, a full basketball court, tennis courts, skateboarding, and a BMX park!

Josie Anselmo Memorial Park
6499 Princiotta Street
Josie Anselmo Memorial Park received a lifecycle renewal in 2018. The official park opening will take place at the end of October 2018!

Joe Rowan Park
2665 Glenwood Drive
Joe Rowan Park in Metcalfe received a new gazebo and landscaping in the fall of 2017.

Andy Shields Park Pathway
The Andy Shields Park Pathway was installed in 2017 to connect Quinnfield Way to the Greely Community Centre, as part of the Greely Loop Bike Trail.


Park Upgrades In Progress
Please note that although some of these projects have been secured in the budget, others are only in discussion phases.

Harold Barnhart Park
5650 Scobie Crescent
Harold Barnhart Park will be receiving a lifecycle renewal. Construction is expected to be completed near November 2018.

Greely West Park
6485 Greely West Drive​
Greely West Park is getting a lifecycle improvement. The design was completed in 2018 with construction also expected to begin in 2018, weather permitting.

Vernon Community Centre Park
7950 Lawrence Street
The park at the Vernon Recreation Centre will be receiving tables and a gazebo to be installed in the rest area. The surface of the rink is also in need of improvements; this is currently in discussion with staff. Stay tuned for more updates as they become available!

Tintern Park
1314 Tintern Drive
I have heard many requests from residents that although the Tintern Park is great, it lacks play structures for toddlers. I have requested for a junior play component to be installed at Tintern so we can offer all children with age-appropriate and accessible structures at the park; please stay tuned for more details.

Greely Community Centre Park
1448 Meadow Drive
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The basketball nets at the Greely Community Centre are currently located on poles that are within the parking lot. This has been a concern that not only my residents have brought to my attention, but also one of my own. Should kids wish to play on the court as it is now, they would have to quit their game if a car chose to park near or within the court. I have asked staff to relocate and replace the basketball nets so that the basketball court can be enjoyed freely and safely! Keep an eye out for more information and it becomes available.
There are also junior and senior play structures currently being designed for the Greely Community Centre Park. The new play structures will be a great addition to the area!

Kenmore Bicentennial Park
3151 Yorks Corners Road
I am working on getting batting cages for the Kenmore Bicentennial Park. I believe this would be a great addition to the area!

McKendry Park
2567 Dow Street
McKendry Park has become a popular place for kids and families alike at the Outdoor Rink during the winter season. To provide a better experience to residents using the park, I am working with staff to have new lighting installed and to have seasonal rink boards installed around the 2nd rink (otherwise known as the puddle rink). Stay tuned for more details! The surface for the original ODR is also in need of some improvements, which are in progress as well.

 


Community Upgrades

New Village Signs
The villages of Vernon, Kenmore, and Metcalfe all have received new signage at the entrance of their respective villages. This concludes the initiative to have all the Village Signs in the Ward updated. Make sure you take a drive out to these wonderful Villages!

New Bike Pump station along Multi-Use Pathway in Osgoode
Through the Safer Roads Ottawa program and local partners, the City has 26 bike repair stations at various locations. You can pump up your tires, or find tools to tighten a loose screw or carry out other basic maintenance. I have ensure that there is a bike repair station at the Osgoode Link Pathway. You will find it at the entrance on the south side, across from O-YA at 5479 Osgoode Main St!

 

 


Other Projects In Progress
Please note that although some of these projects have been secured in the budget, others are only in discussion phases.

Metcalfe Skatepark
It has been a long time that residents have been thinking about a skatepark in the village of Metcalfe. I am currently communicating with staff and the Metcalfe Community Association to see what is possible for the area.

Osgoode Skateboard & BMX Park
I have been working closely with the Osgoode Village Community Association in the works of securing a skateboard and BMX park near the Osgoode Community Centre. Keep an eye out for more information as details are confirmed!

 


Facility Upgrades

There are many facilities in the Osgoode Ward that were in need of maintenance and upgrades. Some include:

  • Larry Robinson Arena in Metcalfe
    • Receiving $400,000 in essential improvements
  • Osgoode Townhip Museum in Vernon
    • • $110,000 for a new roof (will be completed in the fall of 2018)
  • Osgoode Community Centre & Stuart Holmes Arena
    • $134,000 for renovations, including electrical upgrades

 

 

 We have secured over $700,000 to continue to spend on parks & recreation! We have numerous other projects in the planning stages with community members, so stay tuned and keep an eye on my website as more details

are confirmed.