Port Colborne wants residents’ views on the best use of Lockview Park

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Published August 20, 2021 at 2:14 pm

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After an August 11 virtual open house, Port Colborne is coming back to its citizens seeking their input on the concept plans for the redevelopment plans at Lockview Park.

At present, the park, a parcel of open space between John Street and Crescent Street, has a soccer field, public washroom and not much more. The city is hoping the public can help with ideas on how best to use the area.

The city has hired MHBC Planning, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture to collect all the ideas and create a best-use design for Lockview.

“MHBC completed the City’s (2020-2030) Parks and Recreation Master Plan, so they seemed like a natural fit for this project,” said Gary Long, city manager of strategic initiatives.

“To align with the park’s name, the landscape architect added some unique landscape features, like turf mounds, that will create an inviting area for viewing the canal. We are very excited about how these and other features will transform Lockview Park.”

The two concept plans, presented at a second virtual open house on August 11, include a new multipurpose court that can be used for basketball, tennis, and pickleball. They also comprise several picnic tables, benches, a shaded sitting area, a natural playground structure, perennials, pathways, and signage.

Residents have from now until August 31 at 11:59 pm to complete a short online poll that asks them to choose the concept they like best. These plans are also available on the City’s website. City staff will review the poll’s results and finalize a concept plan before going to Council for their approval in early fall.

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