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Kingswood Ratepayers Association 2011 Annual General Meeting Parks and Recreation Report November 14, 2011 Paul Slauenwhite Richard DeLong Mandate • Maintain/improve our existing parks/recreational areas. • Create new parks/recreational areas. • Community beautification. • Recruit new committee members. • Promote our parks/recreational areas. Parks Progress • Completed walking trails: – Seth Aaron Drive/Street Georges Boulevard. – Blue Mountain Drive/Terradore Lane. • Evaluated: – entrance signs: • No repair/replacement required (excellent condition). – parks: • Cleared fallen trees, improved site-lines, and repaired trail washout. – playground equipment: • No repair/replacement required (good to excellent condition). • Resolved vandalism/graffiti in Kingswood Drive Park #1 (increase visibility and resident/RCMP enforcement/warnings). • Blue Mountain Park is slated for replacement (HRM). • Long Lake Drive Park and back-end parks require (more) equipment. Progress • Baseball field: – Site moved from Kingswood Drive Park #2 to Lakeshore Drive Park. – Site reviews held with HRM and private contractor. – Initial cost estimate of ~$140K - ~$300K for target age group, estimated numbers, field size/features, and site. – Board committed up to $100K and earmarked $5K for immediate site preparation (transport/distribute free fill and exploratory excavation). – Potential cost-sharing with the Province (1 – 3 years out). Baseball Field Progress • Investigated drainage issue in Kingswood Drive Park #2: – HRM has ear-marked $40K. – Proposal: covered drainage from the south corner of the field to Kingswood Drive instead of Nousha Court (expensive and homeowner uneasy). – Test pit confirmed sufficient depth (~13’). – Waiting for HRM engineers to confirm elevations and complete the designs. Progress • Minor improvements based on resident feedback: – Installed (HRM) by-law signs at each end of the Blue Mountain Drive/Terradore Lane trail. – Moved rocks in Blue Mountain Drive Park parking lot. – However, delegated several resident concerns (e.g. ATVs/camping/fires in parks and debris in HRM drainage systems) to the Tantallon RCMP (244- 7208)/HRM (490-4000). Progress • Playground on Kingswood Drive Park #2: – Provincial cost-sharing at $10K/~$22K. – Entrance/pad are complete. – Construction started today! – Driveway drainage/culvert fixed soon after construction is complete. New Playground New Playground Next steps • Finish Kingswood Drive Park #2 projects: – drainage issue. – playground. – driveway drainage/culvert. • Beautify entrances (e.g. flowers/shrubs new/replacement signs). • Acquire Long Lake lands from the Province. Next steps • Continue: – baseball field: • Potential for HRM funding in 2012 budget ($100K/$100K/$100K). – multi-use facility (e.g. hockey/basketball/tennis): • Projected at ~100K (Fox Hollow). Next steps • Investigate: • installing/maintaining garbage cans/pet waste dispensers in the parks. • opening up pathways and shorelines. • adding seating/picnic tables/covered picnic shelters. • mailbox shelters with lighting. • splash pad playground. • walking trail connecting Grandview and Lakeshore. • walking trail from Kingswood Drive Park #2 to St. Georges Blvd (under the power lines). • walking trail and picnic area at Lewis Lake Terrace Park.
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