On June 17, 2014 Friends of Monarch Park hosted an event where we invited the community to give us their suggestions. Since then, the steering committee has taken steps to investigate these suggestions and updates are below.
Update: these were discussed with Parks and Rec who indicated that neither of these 2 items could be done without changes to pool staffing and other complications relating to pool operations i.e. pool would have to take an hour from other public swimming.
Update: 3 Additional benches have been installed and a 4th, long missing, has been replaced (on the western walk) and we will pursue additional benches along the main walkway. Steering Committee is working on accessible games tables and will pursue accessible shuffleboard at a later date.
Volleyball net can’t be installed unless the City replaces the asphalt rectangle which is not safe for volleyball right now.
Update: We made a request for the 1st and 2nd items in 2014 and will have again added them to the list for the 2015 Park Tour with the Park Supervisor. Regarding tree tours, to date we have had 2 of these and in spring 2015, will contact LEAF for another. Stay tuned for more information.
Washrooms, Change Rooms, Hygiene:
Update: These are all issues requiring the City’s attention and the Steering Committee will contact the management of the pool/rink in spring 2015, prior to the start of the pool season with simple proposal to help increase cleanliness.
Off Leash Area
Update: First item has been added to list for 2015 Park Tour. None of the park walkways are cleared in the winter. Third item has been added to 2015 Park Tour. (The City’s plan is to re-sod this area, rather than use gravel).
Update: Steering Committee will work on the pizza oven, though it requires a grant application. Felstead Park is very close to Monarch Park for any who wish to access this feature, so the steering committee has de-prioritized this request. Involving adjacent councillors doesn’t have a clear value, so the steering committee has de-prioritized this request. The issue of general park security has been raised with the park supervisor in 2015 Park Tour.