The City is expanding Grand Avenue Park by 2.5 hectares. The park design integrates community recreation and leisure needs, addresses community-based issues and reflects sustainable and environmentally sound landscape design and management. Phase 2 construction for the playground and other park improvements will start in fall 2024.

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Community engagement and design development
2016 to 2019 – Complete 

Phase 1 construction
March 2020 to August 2021 – Complete 

Upcoming: Phase 2 construction
Fall 2024 to Fall 2025 – Upcoming

The timeline is subject to change.

2020 to 2021

Phase 1 Construction

Phase 1 construction starts in March 2020 and is completed in August 2021.

2016 to 2018

Community Engagement

Local residents, recreation clubs and park user groups had the opportunity to review and provide feedback on the park design. 

    The park design was developed with the help of community feedback. Construction will happen in two phases.

    Phase 1

    Phase 1 was completed in August 2021 and included extensive site remediation, site grading and construction of the multi-use sports field, splash pad/water play area, temporary off-leash area, parking lot, walkways, lighting, turf and tree planting.

    Phase 1 design and construction showing features like the multi-purpose field in the centre surrounded by a circular path. Around the field is an off-leash area to the south, a splash pad and parking lot to the west, and an open lawn area at the northwest corner.

    Phase 2

    Phase 2 starts in fall 2024 and includes construction of the new washroom building and shade structure, playground play court, tree plantings, benches and picnic tables.

    Phase 2 design and construction showing features like a completed multi-purpose field in the centre surrounded by a circular path. Around the field is an off-leash area to the south, a splash pad and completed playground the west, and an open lawn area at the northwest corner and plantings and trees surrounding the park.

    Playground Design


    Site plan of the playground area with the existing path in the middle, with green space and trees on the left, and the playground, basketball court, and splash pad on the right. The senior and junior play areas are separate, with the junior next to the splash pad.

    Large metal playground structure with a green slide and green spiral slide with children playing. The structure is a tall rectangle with inverted triangle panels on its walls creating a pattern.
    This rendering shows an example playground structure. The final playground may have slight changes, but it will stay the same height and design.

    Master Plan

    Site Remediation

    The north area of the park includes the former Metro Incinerator/Waste Treatment Site and the former Algoma Street road allowance. These areas are being converted into parkland during Phase 1 construction.

    The City has completed an extensive environmental assessment process with the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) to identify the nature and extent of soil contamination due to the formal industrial uses of the site and outline steps for site clean-up to ensure the grounds are completely safe for use by people and pets.

    As part of this process, a soil management plan was prepared based on MECP regulations. The soil management plan includes:

    • Demolition of existing pavement structures
    • Removal of all trees on site
    • Removal of existing topsoil
    • Installing new clean soil to a minimum depth of 1.0 meter

    A qualified environmental engineering firm was hired by the City to lead the reporting process with MECP and to ensure that the soil management plan and its implementation comply with MECP regulations.

    Tree Removal

    Unfortunately, the existing trees cannot survive the extent and depth of soil removal required to make the grounds safe for park use. However, the new park design will include new tree plantings and the creation of natural wooded areas.

    A satellite view of the area, with Grand Manitoba Park outlined in red.