Pre-Consultation Update on Proposed Changes at Doug Frobel Park
On the 2nd last weekend of August 2014, I held a BBQ and pre-consultation in Doug Frobel Park to discuss the possible developments that could be arriving there in the near future. Those developments include some changes to the baseball diamond to make it more accessible for all children including disabled. If this were to happen soon, it would be the first of its kind in the country and substantially raise property value surrounding the park. Other changes were also discussed such as; the possible inclusion of a small seasonal ice rink and a joint contract with Elizabeth Wyn Wood School to maintain, use and improve their play structure and/or feilds for community use.
After hearing some of the feedback from those who previously heard about the plans and who attended the barbeque, a few things were cleared up that, hopefully, will help the community and the baseball group be able to work together.
A major concern was the artificial turf on the baseball diamond and that it would cut down on the ability of the area's children to use the baseball
diamond in conjunction with the playground, the
basketball court and the free space between the
playground and the baseball diamond.
I think the community will be happy to know that East Nepean Little League has now agreed that the only part of the baseball field that is to have artificial turf will be the infield (the area inside the four bases where the pitcher's mound is) and the base run track. The outfield will stay natural grass. People who want to use the diamond to play baseball with their kids will still be able to do so. People who want to have an impromptu soccer game or fly a kite, for example, will still be able to do so. From what I heard on Sunday, the belief that the baseball field would be completely closed off to the community seemed to be a big concern and it has now been alleviated to the satisfaction of all present.
The other steps agreed to include:
Ensuring that the City's park at 11 Canter is better maintained and that the City try to interest the school board in a joint-use agreement on the
property abutting the City's land next to Elizabeth Wyn Wood and/or the baseball diamond on the
other side of the school. Another step that we will, like the others, look at in continued consultation
with residents and the community association, is seeing if it is possible to move the Nepean Museum thereby creating potential options for the building.
These could include renovations to create a community building or demolition and creating more park space or demolition and building a new community centre with more green space around it.
Media have often praised my ability to work with people to come up with creative compromises which nobody saw when discussions on a topic started. This could be one of those cases. In this instance, the consultations with residents and the community association (and, there will be more as time goes on - especially if the Museum route is part of the solution) are giving the community opportunity to brainstorm and propose possible improvements. I think that is exciting and an excellent chance to shed some light on an area where residents want more play space. Further consultation will occur with this project once the black out period restriction are lifted in November, thank you for your patience and understanding.