Report back to Community and Public Services Committee
- Updated Park Master Plan
- Functional Program for a small Community Recreation Facility
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The 13.09 hectare Rollie Miles Athletic Field District Park, located in the Queen Alexandra neighbourhood, supports a number of community amenities and facilities including Strathcona High School; Queen Alexandra Community League; Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues office; Strathcona Pool; George S. Hughes Arena; as well as tennis courts, a 400m synthetic running track and several sports fields. Aging infrastructure and growing community demand have created the need for a renewal project for the area.
The Rollie Miles Athletic Field District Park renewal project will aim to identify renewal priorities and provide a long-term strategic approach through development of a park master plan.
In this current phase of the project, the City is developing a functional program for a potential small Community Recreation Centre with an aquatic feature. The functional program will help inform development of a park master plan.
Information gathered in this phase is intended to provide a better understanding of the needs for a new community recreation facility on Rollie Miles Athletic Field District Park. Approval and funding is still required.
Stakeholder engagement to review information to date and preferred master plan option. Information is refined and a final master plan is prepared.
Exploring Options and Setting Direction
The functional program will include the prioritized activities and services that could be included in a new Community Recreation Centre in Rollie Miles Athletic Field District Park.
Reengage stakeholder committees to prepare for public engagement around development of a detailed program (functional program) for a Community Recreation Centre.
The draft Master Plan was shared at the Community and Public Services Committee September 12, 2016. As a result, City Council passed the following motion on September 21, 2016:
Reestablishing the Community Advisory Committee that supported the Public Involvement Plan and engagement activities in the first phases of the master plan project.
Concept option development
Data analysis, concept plan development, assessment of internal opportunities and constraints.
The Rollie Miles Athletic Field District Park master plan will include an assessment of the park's physical condition, demand capacity and functionality. The park renewal priorities will be based on community needs, public consultation, standards and regulations (accessibility, safety, health, sport and environment). Priorities may include utility replacements, improved circulation, access and parking, improvements to park amenities including sports fields, facilities, and required supports for park operations.
The first phases of public input were completed in 2013 - 2016. Residents, park users, community organizations and other stakeholders identified how Rollie Miles Athletic Field District Park is used, community priorities and ideas for improving use.
Using the information gathered, we evaluated the opportunities and constraints in the priority areas of:
A draft park master plan was presented to City Council in 2016. They requested more information with the development of a Functional Program for a small community recreation facility with an aquatic element.
The Functional Program will describe the prioritized activities, their spatial requirements and the relationship between spaces to support a small community recreation facility.
An updated Park Master Plan will be presented to Council in Fall 2018.
This small 13 ha district park is located in the rapidly densifying mature neighbourhood of Queen Alexandra, located in south central Edmonton. The Park runs parallel to Calgary Trail (104 street) between University Avenue and 70 Avenue.
Yes, this site encompases a wide variety of amenities including a premier track and field facility, baseball diamonds, soccer/football field, tennis courts, George S. Hughes indoor skating arena, “Scona” swimming pool, Queen Alexandra Community League building and outdoor skating rink, the Edmonton Federation Community Leagues building and Strathcona High School.
In 2013, the City of Edmonton began the conversation with the community to understand more about the recreational activities that are important in this District Park.
During 2015 and 2016, there were a number of opportunities for the public to provide feedback and become involved in the development of a draft park master plan.
In 2017, the City worked closely with the community, and together formed an engagement working group.
The key responsibilities of this group are to inform the public involvement plan and identify opportunities for three engagement phases: Gathering Information, Exploring Options and Setting the Direction.
As part of the Gathering Information phase, engagement activities include stakeholder meetings (May, 2017), community outreach (May, 2017) and a public survey (June, 2017).
Engagement activities in the Exploring Options phase will include a public workshop and a stakeholder workshop (November 2017).
To support our Setting the Direction Phase of public engagement we will be working closely with the engagement working group.
The City is working with the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL) to determine what their operational requirements are for their work in supporting the 157 Edmonton community leagues they serve. The EFCL continues to be a key stakeholder in the project and the current facility the EFCL leases from the City will be reviewed for impacts.
In Sept 2014, the newly restored Rollie Miles Track was reopened. This project included renewal of the track, drainage and field elements to provide a public outdoor track and field facility that can support a range of athletic opportunities to serve all citizens and stakeholders now and in the future.
As part of the Building Great Neighbourhoods and District Park Master Planning consultation, residents in Queen Alexandra indicated that lighting on the path adjacent to Rollie Miles Athletic field was important. In fall 2016, new lighting was installed in the Park along the west path as part of the upgrade to the entire neighbourhood streetlight system with Neighbourhood Renewal. Additional park lighting may be considered as part of this park renewal project.
Project approval and funding are not in place to begin design or construction of a new facility in Rollie Miles District Park. The current project provides an opportunity for the community and City to explore the size of a desired facility and possible location on this smaller district park site to update the Park Master Plan. We are in the planning phase.
This option will be explored during development of the functional program. Once a facility functional program is developed, the project will work on a site analysis which will include access and parking.
A new facility would be open to the general public. Traffic and parking will be considered during site analysis for his If a new facility is developed parking will be required. Edmonton Transit buses currently stop at this location.
The proposed location of a new facility on Rollie MIles District Park site has not been determined. Once a functional program is developed, the project will work on a site analysis. Maintaining the trees has been identified as an important priority in this project and consideration of all factors will be discussed as the project progresses.
The City of Edmonton is committed to improved accessibility of all City facilities for everyone. Features and amenities will meet the Alberta Building Code and take into consideration Universal Design Principles.
The City will work closely with the surrounding community and public to ensure there is effective engagement for people interested in the project. There are many factors to consider in the decision-making process and the City will strive for the best understanding of the public’s views and perspectives. The City values public input when making decisions and is committed to communicating back how the input was used.