The redevelopment process for Gulleden Park is underway. The community engagement process is now complete and construction is expected to begin in spring 2024. We received feedback from residents to understand what type of park experience and amenities will best serve the community.
The community engagement process is now complete and construction will begin, as weather permits, in spring 2024. The design was developed based on public feedback. Please reference the Preferred Park Concept. The Gulleden Park redevelopment will include:
- Refrigerated ice skating rink
- Multi-use court
- Two dedicated pickleball courts
- Existing tennis courts to be retained
- Community spray pad and playground
- Central seating area
- Accessible trail system
- Fitness area
- Junior skateboard features
- Passive open space
- Tree planting and pollinator gardens
- Summer programming options on the rink surface
In March and April 2021, we conducted a resident survey to understand what type of park experience and amenities could best serve the community. In reviewing the survey results, it was noted that a number of submissions may have been influenced by instructions originating from an online petition for a covered rink. A virtual targeted public meeting took place on October 19, 2021. Nearby residents were invited to learn about the survey results and share their views on preliminary recommendations for the park’s redevelopment.
To close the loop on these engagement activities, please review the following reports:
- Part 1 – Survey Key Findings
- Part 2 – Virtual Targeted Public Meeting
- Part 3 – Preliminary Programming Recommendations
The City hosted a second virtual public meeting on June 15, 2022, that included a presentation on the redevelopment concepts and a question and answer period with residents.
In July 2022, the City also conducted an on-site survey at the park, to obtain firsthand observation of park usage and to gather, directly, park user feedback on their preferred amenities and proposed concepts. A total of 50 park users of all ages participated in the on-site survey and responded to a series of survey questions, based on an information panel that was shown. The panel included information on the project redevelopment, the proposed amenities and three preliminary design concepts.
The same panel was displayed for a week at the Burnhamthorpe Library in August 2022. Library visitors were invited to provide comments on the proposed concepts by email.
In September 2022, in addition to the public engagement, the City also reached out to staff from Peel District School Board, the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board and Our Place Peel to present the project and receive their feedback.
A comprehensive summary of all these engagement activities is included in the Closing the Loop Report.