ELKS PARK & PLAYGROUND UPGRADE PROJECT
Over the past 2 years the Town of Onoway has been upgrading Elks Park & Playground
From the coming together of 3 events:
A large delegation of Onoway parents made a presentation to Town Council at the December 14, 2009 Regular Council Meeting. The delegation noted that there are many families with young children in Onoway, and that more are likely to move in providing they know that Onoway is a “Family Friendly” community.
Nicole Dahl, representing the delegation, requested that the Town meet the needs of Onoway’s families with young children by developing a new community based playground.
The Town’s Municipal Development Plan already included a recommendation (Policy 60) to “Upgrade the existing playgrounds with new equipment … for young families in and around the Town”.
The Onoway Community Sustainability Plan also recommends that the Town "Upgrade playgrounds in the community with more modern, accessible equipment” (Action Item A12).
Town Council saw that the Town had an opportunity to benefit the community by redeveloping both the Playground and the rest of Elks Park as a single project.
Town Council approved proceeding with the Elks Park Upgrade Project as part of the Town’s 2010 capital budget.
Lisa Schulte from Dosie Dotes & Greens, and Nichole Dahl, local parent representative, volunteered to review the playground equipment that was available, and helped the Town select the best possible equipment within the amount of funding that was available.
The Town contracted Paulette Ward, horticulturalist (both with her own company, Natural Escapes, and seasonally on staff with Parkland County Agricultural Services), to assist the Town with park design, horticultural services and technical assistance.
This redevelopment project involved the following:
The Town decided to celebrate Onoway’s reputation as a top-notch “Manufacturing and Fabricating Town” by having Elks Park fixtures produced locally:
The Town would like to thank these local businesses for their assistance, sense of community spirit, and for the high quality of their finished products.
In order to finance this project, the Town used legacy funding left by the Elks Club, Government of Alberta Municipal Sustainability Program funding, in-kind and financial donations from the business community, volunteer support, plus funding from the Town of Onoway's current year operating budget.
Over several weekends in November, 2010 community volunteers gathered to install the playground equipment.
A very big “Thank You” goes out to the many volunteers who tackled this job & saw it through to the end. (By the way, the equipment manufacturer assessed it as “a job well done”). Still to Come:
Still to Come:
There still remains some work to finish this spring before the Elks Park & Playground Upgrade Project is completed:
Once all the final work has been completed, the Town of Onoway will be hosting a Grand Re-Opening Celebration for Onoway's residents, park users, former Elks members, funders, sponsors, volunteers, elected officials, and Town staff to get together and celebrate the completion of this important redevelopment project & to enjoy Onoway's newly renovated Elks Park.
The co-operation and assistance of Onoway volunteers and the local business community have been essential in making this project a success.
Watch for the Elks Park & Playground Grand Re-opening Celebration
(Coming later this summer.)