St. Catharines planning upgrades at Fairview Park

Ontario Construction News staff writer

In partnership with SGL Planning and Design Inc. and ASI Heritage, the City of St. Catharines is developing a master plan for Fairview Park to guide park improvements and funding options.

In the Fall of 2023, two concept park layout alternatives were presented to the public through both online and in-person consultation. Based on feedback received, the City’s consultants have compiled a more detailed draft master plan for the park.

The draft plan reflects the public’s preference for Concept One (Community Use / Active Use Focused), and its desire to ensure the canal and rail shipping history of the site is reflected in the park’s design.

The draft plan can be viewed in-person at the Fairview Park Community Vision Public Information Centre. It will take place on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, drop-in format – between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre (Irene Locke Room), 425 Carlton Street, St. Catharines.

The project study area is north of the QEW, a 6.7-acre parcel that includes the former Fairview Golf & Mini Putt lands (commonly referred to as Fairview Park) and neighbouring John Page Park. A section of the historic Third Welland Canal is buried beneath the park, with remnants of a swing bridge visible along the western boundary.

Since operation ceased in 2015, the park has been used primarily for passive recreation. In addition to playground equipment and its expansive open spaces, the park now includes a labyrinth and hard-surfaced connections between Scott Street, Geneva Street, and Fairview Mall.

A background review report, prepared by SGL Planning & Design, offers greater detail on the park’s history, adjacent neighbourhood, relevant policies and plans. For more information, click this link.


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