The improvements to the park are complete! Thank you to all the community members who provided feedback during the community engagement process.

The City is planning improvements to Viola Desmond Park and will be engaging the local community to determine a new site-appropriate park enhancement that will meet the needs of park users.


  • Spring 2021: Design development phase
  • Fall 2021: Hire construction team
  • Spring 2022: Construction starts
  • Early Summer 2022: Construction Complete

The timeline is subject to change.

July 2022

Project Complete

The improvements to the park are completed. Features and amenities in the final design include:

  • New accessible seating with signs demonstrating how benches can be used for exercising
  • New basketball posts and nets
  • New bleacher seating
  • New pathway

A photograph of two park benches under a concrete pad in Viola Desmond Park. Two sign posts are on either side of the benches with information panels on how to use the benches to exercise.

Fall 2020

Online Survey

A survey was held to gather community feedback and preferences on potential park upgrades.

Download the survey feedback summary.

Viola Desmond Park, previously known as Hupfield Park, was renamed in 2018 as part of a local community initiative. As part of this initiative, community members identified certain areas of the park as being in need of an upgrade. The City is working with the local Councillor and community to determine the most appropriate improvements. The overall scope of work will be developed through consultation with the community.