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  • Mar 28, 2017

    McMinn Park Update and Final Concept Plan

    McMinn Park – Update March 22, 2017
    Saanich Parks held a public workshop in November 2016, and visited a
    number of schools over the winter to explore the public’s wishes for McMinn Park. A
    number of issues / desired elements were identified during this process. Those with a
    high level of interest were presented at a well-attended public open house on February
    21. Significant feedback was received at both the open house and survey that closed on
    March 7.
    Plan elements that were presented as options on February 21 include: improved
    drainage, full-size sport court, dedicated pickle ball court, permanent washroom
    building, drained and leveled south field, new playground, fitness circuit equipment,
    picnic tables and benches, trees, a tennis warm up wall, and a small bike skills area.
    Well over 100 people attended the event, and 172 surveys were completed. Results
    indicate broad support for all of the proposed park elements (see survey results on-line).
    Parks intends to include these elements in the park upgrade, subject to budget
    approval. The public washroom building and small bike track will be built in Phase 2,
    and other elements may be phased over more than 1 year depending on funding.
    The proposed concept plan is available here.
    Final comments will be received until April 4. Minor changes to the concept will be made
    as / if necessary before construction drawings are completed in April.
    Construction is scheduled to begin in June and be completed by the fall. Public safety,
    and construction logistics dictate that the park be closed during construction, however
    one of the tennis courts may remain useable (to be confirmed).