The City is proposing park improvements to Serson Park (Ward 1). Funding by the Government of Canada has been allocated for this project by the Ward 1 Councillor. The park improvements are expected to be completed in spring 2024.
The proposed park life-cycle replacements and improvements will include the following:
- Playground surface replacement
- Upgrading the existing splash pad
- Relocation of the basketball court
- 2 new pickle ball courts
- Pathway realignment
These improvements will enhance visitors’ experiences in the park and provide outdoor recreation and fitness opportunities in support of active lifestyles. Outdoor recreation is a supported use within the City’s Parks and Forestry Future Directions Master Plan (2019).
Virtual community meeting
A virtual community meeting on the park’s redevelopment took place Wednesday, April 13, 2022. City staff and Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko were present to answer questions from residents and present preliminary park designs. Feedback received from this meeting included questions on additional seating, maintenance of existing trees, and spray pad design.
The City received positive comments regarding the redevelopment, and will proceed with construction in 2023.
Questions and answers
Construction is scheduled for 2023.
The portion of the park subject to construction improvements will be closed during construction. However, the sports fields at this park will remain open.
The existing basketball court’s surface will be restored with sod for passive use. A new, 3-on-3 basketball court will be added in a different location within the park.
No, a tennis court is not proposed. The two proposed courts are to be dedicated for pickleball and lined specifically for pickleball.
The playground will be resurfaced with engineered wood fibre to improve accessibility. The existing playground equipment will remain.
The splash pad will be upgraded to include new surfacing and spray jets.
The ice rink will remain in its current location. No changes will be made.
Yes, there are several transit stops close to this trail. Visit triplinx.ca to plan your trip or to locate transit stops.
The hydro corridor is owned by Hydro One, and is not part of this project. The City is not aware of any planned improvements to the hydro corridor at this time.
The City will not remove the mature trees from this park. The City will ensure the park design protects the trees.