Glencrest Park is getting a makeover!
Taking advantage of a storm sewer replacement project, planned as part of the West Thornhill Flood Remediation Strategy, SNAP has re-imagined the outdated 1970s park to materialize the residents’ dreams for the area, while achieving significant environmental and stormwater objectives.
The design was developed in consultation with residents through two public meetings, a resident survey, and opportunities for input in two community fairs at Bayview Glen Public School Fair on June 12, where numerous neighbours discussed the designs with the project management team and provided useful feedback. Their comments and suggestions were used as input to improve the concept designs.
The updated Glencrest Park will include a modern playground and a shade structure near the entrance to the park at Ladyslipper Court and amenities such as a labyrinth, a meditation garden and an open play space.
A proposed trail system will connect key features within the park and will provide an off-street pedestrian linkage between Laureleaf Road and Ladyslipper Court.
The re-creation of the valley feature with rain gardens will transform the landscape within Glencrest Park from maintained turf to a rich mosaic of ecotones, creating a naturalized landscape and supporting the attenuation of stormwater runoff.
A looped trail system of approximately 600 metres surrounding the raingardens and the mediation garden will afford opportunities for walking and jogging within a naturalized landscape setting.
Tree planting is proposed extensively throughout the park with the intent of expanding the tree canopy and promoting evapotranspiration.
Glencrest Park has received a $60,000 grant from the RBC Blue Water Project. This grant will support the implementation of the raingardens and tree planting and creation of a naturalized landscape that enhances the evapotranspiration and infiltration of stormwater.
Implementation of the park renewal project started in October 2016. On October 17, more than 100 neighbours came out to plant 500 native trees and shrubs.
At that same event, residents also learned about environmental improvements that could be implemented at their own homes.
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