City asking for input on parks as it builds a brand new neighbourhood in Mississauga


If there's one thing the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted, it's the need for open, accessible green space in a city marked by sprawling subdivisions and soaring condo towers. 

Fortunately for residents who want access to parks and big-city amenities, a brand new neighbourhood is taking shape in Mississauga and the city is calling on residents to share their thoughts on what the development's parks should look like.

According to the city, residents have until the end of the week to provide input on the parks that will eventually take shape in Lakeview Village—a 177-acre mixed-use development on the eastern edge of Mississauga. 

The neighbourhood will be built on the former Lakeview Power Generating Station lands, which sat vacant for years until Lakeview Community Partners Limited (LCPL) purchased them in 2018 and began creating a vision and master plan for the site. 

The city endorsed the master plan for the community late last year

The ambitious development will feature transit-connected housing, office space, retail, restaurants, trails, parks, green space and cultural and recreational amenities. The community will also be connected to the nearby 64-acre Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area, named for the late city councillor who worked to bring the project to fruition.

The new neighbourhood is located in southeast Mississauga on Lake Ontario, approximately 3.8 kilometres east of Port Credit, near the western limits of Toronto. The site is well-connected to major roads and highways, with Lakeshore Road East forming the north boundary of the site. The neighbourhood also boasts convenient access to both the QEW and Highway 427.  

According to the master plan, the new neighbourhood will also feature a hydro gateway, Ogden Park, an Artscape makerspace/community centre, a school, a waterway common, the Serson Innovation Corridor, the Marina District, Lakeview Square, Lakefront Park, a cultural institution, an outdoor event/performance space and a pier.  

According to the city, the waterfront property will have a significant amount of parkland that includes a planned waterfront park connecting Lakefront Promenade Park to the west and the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area to the east.

You can see a look at the proposed parks below:

"The LCPL has been working closely with the city to develop a vibrant live-work-play destination," the city says on its website. 

"The Lakeview Village Development is now at a stage where the city is seeking your input on its future parks."

The Lakeview Village master plan has conveyed 67 acres of land to the city for parks, open space, cultural, and institutional uses. The conveyed lands are primarily public open space, including all of Lakefront Park, adjacent portions of Ogden Park, and the plaza within Lakeview Square. A majority of the Innovation Corridor is also within the conveyed lands, including the proposed District Energy hub.

The city says that not everything proposed in the developer's plan for parkland can be built with currently available funding. Some proposed amenities require further support and may instead be identified as potential future work pending prioritization and the ongoing consultation process.

As of now, the city is asking residents to share what they would like to see prioritized in these future parks. Due to COVID-19, the city has postponed in-person public engagement activities and has launched an online survey to capture any feedback. Residents can also email any questions or feedback to park [dot] planning [at] mississauga [dot] ca or contact the city by phone at 311 (905-615-4311 from outside Mississauga). 

The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, Dec. 4, 2020.

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