Prestwick Common Revitalization Project

Keeping You Updated

Updated: November 15, 2017

Prestwick Common will have a Pond Aeration Device. This will help improve the water quality and ecosystem of the pond's health. Read all about it here. 

Updated: October 10, 2017

The snow last Monday didn’t help the schedule but our team of contractors continued along as the soil dried up.  As the snow started to fall, the team from GLVT was hard at work installing the spray park features.

 The transformer that Enmax put in 2 weeks ago had to be raised higher, and with that work going on we were able to take advantage of the equipment being on site and the power being turned off to get the main electrical service run to the building.

The days leading up to October 10 saw a lot of activity related to landscaping.  The attached pictures represent the fantastic achievements of Sheldon Kingcott and his maintenance team over at Prestwick Common.  These pictures reflect the confidence the Board has in our team to properly landscape the site as opposed to paying someone else to do the work.

What you see below is the shrub material that has been planted above the seating area along the toboggan hill.  The dirt above the shrubs has been seeded.  Between the two concrete walls is the newly sodded area that leads out onto the splash pad.  The rock feature beside the splash pad is our effort to save 2 trees that were slated for being cut down and through cooperation with our splash park contractor and landscape architect, we have avoided the need to destroy these mature trees.

This upcoming week will see more effort go into the fountain area with concrete being poured for the fountain and fire pit bases.  Inside the building, concrete will be poured for the floors with insulation and drywall and painting of the exterior scheduled to be complete next week.  Soffit, eavestrough, doors and windows will go in as well over the next 7 days.

Once the floors are poured, and the drywall installed, we will then see the pumping system for the water park moved into the building.  These pump systems are mounted on skids and come pre-fabricated by the manufacturer to ensure quality craftsmanship and seamless integration of complex systems.

By the end of next week, there will be concrete poured around the exterior of the building that includes the area up to the fountain and the new basketball court on the north side of the building.

If you haven’t taken the opportunity to see for yourself all of the great work that has been going on, please stop by Prestwick Common and have a look through the fence.  The crews are always happy to answer questions that you may have.

Did you know that the walls for the new building are just under 8 inches thick?  The walls are precast concrete with 2 inch styrofoam sandwiched between 2 - 3 inch layers of concrete.  The other day when the temperature was about 22 degrees, and the sun was heating the outside of the wall, the inside of the wall was cool.  The design of these walls ensures that we have a durable thermal barrier that allows the building to be very efficient. 

Stay tuned for more updates.

 

Updated: September 29, 2017

As we move into the last couple of days of September a lot has been accomplished on Prestwick Common. 

Despite the accidental strike of the main gas supply due to an improper line locate we have made significant headway. 

Below ground we have installed the gas lines out to the 4 fire pits and connected all the water feature lines back into the building.  All the underground electrical conduit has been installed.  The backfill of the excavation for the building brought us up to the height needed to pour concrete.  Most of the conduit is installed  for the new electrical service to the building. ENMAX was on site this week putting in the new transformer.  Irrigation system rough ins have been completed that will allow us the ability to do that work next year. 

Above ground, the splash pad has been completely poured making it ready for the play equipment to be mounted. On the building all the lines have been run for the security system and cameras which will be used to monitor the site. Inspections will be taking place next week on framing and electrical. 

For next week, more activity will be noticed around the fountain as it will be backfilled and prepped for concrete that will be poured just after Thanksgiving.  The fire pits have been ordered and we are awaiting the concrete in the fountain to be set in place before those structures are mounted. The new center fountain will be placed this upcoming week as well. Additional prep work will occur to get the large concrete pour done for the basketball court and walkways around the building. Inside the building, although not able to be seen, the plumbers will be getting the drains ready for the concrete floor to be poured. We expect the floors to be finished by Friday. 

Make sure you take the chance to come and take a look at the progress we make. Don't forget to have a look at the drone video that one of the sub trades put together to showcase the splash pad. 

 

 

Updated: September 27, 2017

On Wednesday September 27 while digging in an electrical line one of the contractors struck a gas line that had not been located properly. No one was hurt and work was held up for an hour until the line could get repaired. 

Please let us know if you have any questions by emailing president@mtcouncil.com

Thank you.

Updated: September 25, 2017


Over the past few weeks the Board has been answering questions about Prestwick Common.  For this update we would like to provide answers to those questions as well as the usual status update.

The Prestwick Common revitalization is our largest endeavor since the construction of the Towne Hall in early 2000.  A need arose to modernize this amenity.  The fountain originally intended as a decorative feature became used by our residents as a wading pool.  This then changed the designation from a fountain to a “swimming pool” as instructed by Alberta Health.  With this change in design use, we were required to add chlorination systems to the water pumping and filtration systems in the building over 7 years ago. 

Unfortunately, the small building was never intended to be used as a swimming pool pump house.  The use of these chemicals over time degraded the mechanical systems and structure in the old building requiring us to replace and rebuild.  Additionally, the drainage in the park meant that all the water run-off from the grass, which included fecal matter, was draining into the fountain water the kids were using.  Also, these slope conditions on the fountain pad meant it was very difficult for our staff to maintain ice throughout the winter for skating.  These conditions meant that the Board needed to do something.

Given that turning off the fountain would never be an option, the Board set out in 2015 to secure funding as part of the Canada 150 grants offered by the Government of Canada.  From our project plan, MTC was successful in obtaining a $215k grant.  This then became the foundation from which the revitalization project took shape.  Now that a concept had been decided upon by the Board, the proposal was brought up at the 2015 AGM.  Members present wholeheartedly agreed with the scope of the project and the Board continued on.  Information sessions were held at the Towne Hall and the project scope published on our website.

Through 2016, a sub-committee of the Board considered various options for the project and construction; such as standard framing with brick exterior or even pre-cast concrete was taken into consideration.  Given the public access to the building, a decision was made to make the building very durable and go with pre-cast concrete construction.  This meant that MTC would be able to effect the necessary elevation changes to the fountain, add an amenity the splash park, as well as construct a resilient building to house the necessary equipment.  Given the frequent use of Prestwick Common for outdoor events, the decision was made to include a “community space” where we could prepare and stage our events.  Resident surveys conducted in 2016 dictated a need for washrooms as part of the revitalization and as part of our development submission we asked to have them accessible only to members, however, the City mandated that they be open to the public.

Through 2016, a sub-committee of staff and Board members worked on requirements for the project.  The same sub-committee set upon research into vendors and other like projects in order to establish project scope and what we could do or not do.  In order to proceed, a Development Permit was required to be obtained from the City of Calgary.  In September, the Development Permit application was submitted for approval. 

For budgetary purposes, cost estimates were obtained from vendors.  At a December 2016 Board meeting the budget for the project was approved.  Vendors for the project were selected: Eagle Builders (building), GLVT (spray park), Waterplay (spray park systems), Van der Zalm and associates (waterpark design), Site Lines (architecture) to name but a few.  An additional grant was applied for from the Province by the Board and we were notified of the awarded  amount of $125000 in Spring 2017.

As part of the Development Permit application we held meetings with City staff to understand the policies to which we would need to follow.  Following the submission of the necessary paperwork by the sub-committee, a conditional development approval was provided in January of 2017.  Prior to final release of the Development Permit, a number of conditions had to be met, such as: parking and traffic study, Erosion and Sediment Control plans, Tree Protection plans , Development Site Servicing and Fire Protection/Access plans.

Unlike getting a building permit for a garage or a renovation at your home, these conditions required additional substantial work by our engineers and architects to provide the necessary documentation to the City to get the “release” of the Development Permit.  Documentation that we had in fact submitted as part of the original process, but which was removed, unknown to us, by the City during their review because it didn’t fit into their normal workflows.  

The City was treating this project much like a major commercial development as they had never undertaken work with a Resident Association for something of this nature nor did the City understand the constraints of the grants received.  Although our procurement process for builders and vendors, which included posting tenders, had been completed we were now held up with administrative processes with the City condition approvals.  Because of the challenges imposed by the City, we reached out to Councilor Keating for help in navigating the murky waters that we now faced.  With his help, and the Director of planning, the waters were calmed such that the engineers and architects for many weeks went back and forth over technical sub-surface engineering aspects.  Ultimately the conditions were all met and the Development Permit could be released.  This then meant that a few days later, in late May, we obtained our building permit.  However, we were now significantly behind in our aggressive timelines to open the park for the summer.

Although some site preparation was done such as the demolition of the old building and the fountain leading up to June, we were held up with the need to install an 18000 litre water tank 5 metres below ground.  This tank would be the reservoir for the fountain and spray park.  Unfortunately, because of the custom nature of this tank and associated fittings, it could not be ordered until the City approved the engineering.  Once the approvals were obtained it would take another 6-8 weeks to get the tank on site and installed, a component not communicated by the vendor.  Because of the tank proximity to the walls of the building, our building contractor then advised us that they would not install the building as planned until the tank was buried.  This meant that work on the building would not start until mid-August, 2 months beyond our timelines.

Recognizing that we would not open the water park for the Summer, arrangements were made with the New Brighton Resident’s Association for our members to use their water park in exchange for their members gaining access to our gym at “resident rates”.  This cooperative relationship has proved to be a huge success.

Through the summer additional challenges were faced with the construction which included incorrect engineering documents from the City on the water and sewer services as compared to the “as-built” services.  This meant that we had to re-involve the engineers and have a re-submission done to reflect the current conditions, something we would never have known until deep excavations had occurred.

Once construction commenced it may have looked like not much was going on for weeks at a time, this was due to the significant sub-surface work being undertaken in order to make this project a success.  We have seen 100 truckloads of dirt removed from the site, 1 km of water pipe and an 18000 litre water tank installed, 150 metres of sewer line, 300 metres of gas line.  In the last week of September we will see more than 1000 square metres of concrete poured in the park.

As you saw in late August, we had to close down Prestwick Boulevard in order to hoist in the concrete wall panels for the building.  The design of these panels is such that a design very similar to the columns is incorporated into the exterior surface, an option the Board chose to undertake to ensure the building fit in with it’s surroundings.  The less expensive alternative, would have been to see smooth wall panels, a very industrial look we did not want.

Because of the electrical demands of the new pumping systems, our under capacity electrical service needed to be upgraded which meant having Enmax install a new transformer, this work will be done the last days of September.  ATCO gas has been onsite to install new gas lines.  Because the park doesn’t currently have telephone/cable, Shaw Cable has agreed to provide service to our new building for free which means the entire park will become a Shaw Hot Spot.

With the funding from the Province and the Government of Canada we are able to undertake the necessary work as well as add a splash park for future enjoyment of all resident members.  The complex revitalization will mean that we will be up to current standards for many years to come, with the benefit of having new amenities to enjoy.

In the coming week you will see the splash park concrete pour complete as well as work on the fountain.  Our new design for the fountain means that there will now be the main center fountain with mini water sprays out from the center.  In the winter, we have moved to a much more economical means of running the fire pits, which means that the fire pits will be turned on by a user and run off of a timer, something that we could not have done before.  There will now be 4 fire pits, a center and three external ones to allow for greater access.

This project has many moving parts and dependencies.  If one dependency is missed, delays occur down the entire project timeline.  In order to save costs our volunteer Board has been managing the project, which using conservative construction budgeting means a savings of over $75k having to pay for this type of work. The Board appreciates your patience and understanding as we bring this project to a successful conclusion.  We may not have been able to open the water park this year, the skating rink will most definitely be used this winter.  Next summer all of our members will be able to enjoy the water features you have been anticipating for so long.

 

 

 

 

 




































 






Updated: September 5, 2017

Prestwick Common work is progressing along at a quick pace.  With two different contractors on site, one for the waterpark and the other doing the building, work is now proceeding with changes happening daily.

The contractor on the building has been doing the rough-in for electrical and plumbing now that the walls have been installed.  They were waiting on inspections for this work earlier in the week.  The framers will be on site and the plan is to have the roof completed by Friday, which will allow for the closing in of the building to allow the other trades to start their work.  The complex plumbing for the splash park requires a lot of detailed work to be undertaken in the mechanical room.  Once the floor has been poured, the pumping systems for the splash park will be able to be installed.

 The splash park contractor is currently finishing up their sub surface work on the splash pad which is just north of the fountain.  The surface and plumbing preparation for this piece of the project requires good weather, and fortunately we are getting that to support the pouring and finishing of the concrete which will start September 18.  Shortly after, you will then get to see the Waterplay structures installed to get an appreciation of some of the above ground water features provided for the park.  There are also many ground level spray features.  The pouring of concrete will also occur for the fountain in the same time frame.

You may have noticed that the signs we had around the park have come down.  That was due to vandalism that occurred over the long weekend.  We will not be putting them back up, so we encourage our members to keep visiting this page to keep up to date with the progress of the project.



Updated: September 1, 2017

Prestwick Common has made immense steps towards completion but unfortunately there is some more work left to do and it will not be completed by the end of the summer. We are looking to have it complete by mid- October 2017, with exciting new features for all seasons and for the entire family to enjoy. Stay tuned for more construction updates by visiting our website.

Thank you for your continued patience.

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Updated: August 25, 2017

Significant progress has been made on the Prestwick Common Revitilization project in the past few days.  Thanks go out to the residents of Prestwick Boulevard who have lived with the inconvenience of a parking ban and the remainder of Prestwick residents who endured some inconvenience on their drive into work and home on Thursday August 24.  Today we have completed the installation of the walls of the pre-cast building.  The road closure and parking ban was necessary in order to lift these extremely heavy panels into place.

Over the past couple of months, a lot of work that has gone on has been below the surface, and not really noticeable unless you walked over to the fence and looked into the site.  The progress of the project is moving along quite quickly with the underground work being mostly completed for the fountain, deep storage tank and the building.  In the coming days the sub-surface work will occur for the splash pad.

 In order to save costs, our very own McKenzie Towne landscaping team is prepping the area around the hill for the planting of shrubs and grass. 

With the walls for the building now installed, next week you will see the roof go on and be able to appreciate the effort that has gone into the design to ensure that the building fits in with the park.  You may notice that the look of the stone pillars are replicated in the wall panels for the building.  Next week, you may notice the beautiful wood beams installed that form part of the canopy extending on the west side of the building.

Although the area around the fountain has currently a large excavation, which is necessary to install the natural gas lines for the fire pits and the multiple water jets, work will be completed soon so that you can have an idea of what this will look like.  The fountain is and will be a focal point of the revitalization.

 So, again thanks to everyone for their patience as we work to improve and revitalize Prestwick Common.

 

 

Updated: July 23, 2017

The Prestwick Common Revitilization project continues to move ahead.  With some weather related delays and others associated with engineering permits, resident’s will now start to see significant visible changes on the site occur in the next few weeks.  We have completed the construction of the retaining walls, which now allows for the excavation of the footprint of the splash park.  The toboggan hill needed to be cut back in order for the splash park to fit between the playground and the fountain.  In the coming weeks, significant underground work will be undertaken to allow the installation of water and sewer lines as well as the holding tank for the splash park system.  Once this work is completed, the installation of the mechanical building and washrooms will occur in late August.  We anticipate having a confirmed date for completion calculated in the first few weeks of August.  Although we have had a hot summer, a significant downpour affects all of the deep excavation work that we are currently undertaking on the site and requires us to stop and allow things to dry up.  Once this underground work is done, weather will not be as big of a factor, until we start to pour concrete.  Stay tuned for our next update.



Updated: July 16, 2017

Construction update:

There were minor delays due to the rain but the site was dry enough to complete work on the final wall and its reinforcements, wall excavations, and new walls were poured as well as the complete dismantle of the previous wall.

The construction team also removed eighteen tandem loads of excavated material removed from the site.



Updated: July 4, 2017

We have a construction update: 

All the final reinforcement and verification, retaining wall footings is poured and old footing removed, retaining wall rebar is cut and installed and reinforcement wailers are constructed and completed. The retaining wall forming is cut to size and is 80% complete. Other retaining wall construction is at 50% complete. And site wide clean up, house-keeping, and fence lines are secured and all fully completed. 

 

Updated: June 20, 2017

McKenzie Towne Council has successfully applied for and received $125,000 in additional grant funding through the Government of Alberta's Community Facility Enhancement Program.

The Council's application proposed to rehabilitate and renovate Prestwick Common which includes upgrades to the fountain and seasonal amenities such as the splash park for the summer and an ice rink with fire pits for the winter months. The Council plans to build washrooms onsite - it is an important addition for the residents of McKenzie Towne. These will be open year-round and maintained and locked nightly by Council staff.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the Honourable Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Honourable Premier Rachel Notley, MLA Ric McIver and the Alberta Government for making improvements and upgrades to our community possible.

Read about the Grant Approval Letter here.

 

Updated: June 14, 2017

We are happy to share an update on the construction of Prestwick Common. We experienced some delays from the City of Calgary, but we were able to meet their requirements and have been given the permissions to resume construction. As of today, all the demolition work, removal of the old building, excavation and tree protection has been completed. We have the same desire for the park to be open and enjoyed by all, so we will do everything we can to get this completed as soon as possible.

We thank you for your continued support and patience. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have about the project. We will keep you posted on any further updates.

Thank you.

 

Updated: May 25, 2017

A couple pictures of the current state of the construction process.

 

More Progress!

Updated: May 11, 2017

The old fountain has been removed and the new one will be put in with the new splash park equipment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Demolition is completed
Updated: April 26, 2017

Demolition of the existing building has been completed; work on site will continue as permitted. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


 

 

Fencing at Prestwick Common
Updated: March 15, 2017

Installation of construction fencing around the entire Prestwick Common park site will begin as of Thursday, March 16th. The City of Calgary has mandated that for safety and security reasons the fencing will remain onsite until the project is completed, meaning that the park will be closed to the public during this time.

Construction will begin the week of March 20th, 2017.


Letter of Greeting
Updated: February 24, 2017

Although the Honourable Navdeep Bain, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development could not attend McKenzie Towne Council's ground breaking ceremony, Western Economic Development Canada (WD) shared this letter of greeting in support of the project. McKenzie Towne Council received funding for the project through WD's Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

 


Groundbreaking ceremony kicks off construction announcement
Updated: February 21, 2017

On Saturday, February 18, 2017 McKenzie Towne Council hosted a groundbreaking ceremony and community event at Prestwick Common to kick off the much anticipated construction of the Prestwick Common Revitalization Project. The ceremony was lead by Rob Van Gastel, President of McKenzie Towne Council. Joining him with words of support were Stephanie Kusie - past President of the McKenzie Towne Community Association, Rick McIver - MLA for Calgary Hays, and Shane Keating - Councillor for Ward 12. Also in attendance were members of McKenzie Towne Council's Board of Directors and many excited residents and families.

The event featured skating, music and hot dogs. Coffee and hot chocolate was kindly donated by McKenzie Towne Tim Horton's.

Construction will begin in early March. Fencing will be placed around the entire park area of Prestwick Common. The Project is planned to be completed and open for July 1, 2017 on Canada Day for a grand opening celebration.



Photo: Left to right - Rob Van Gastel President - McKenzie Towne Council, Shane Keating - Councillor for Ward 12, Rick McIver - MLA for Calgary Hays, and Stephanie Kusie - past president of the McKenzie Towne Community Association.


Frequently Asked Questions
Updated: February 13, 2017

clientuploads/_photos/Picture2.pngWhat is the Prestwick Common Revitalization Project?

Due to aging infrastructure and its imminent replacement, coupled with the opportunity to apply for a Federal development grant, the decision has been made to revitalize the Prestwick Common amenity. The goal is to install splash park spray structures, create a more level winter skating surface and build onsite washrooms. And, along with funding from the Federal Government, transform Prestwick Common into a multi-generational landmark amenity that commemorates the 150 anniversary of the Confederation of Canada and McKenzie Towne Council's 20th anniversary (1995 - 2015). Please read previous posts below to learn more about the project.

When will construction begin and end?

The anticipated beginning of construction will be March 2017. The anticipated opening date will be July 1, 2017, to celebrate Canada Day.

What is the name of the new park?

“Anniversary Park”. The name was arrived at because the park will be commemorating Canada’s 150th, as well as McKenzie Towne Council’s 20th anniversaries!

How much will the project cost?

The approximate cost is $1.7 million.

Will Annual Fees go up due to this project?

No. Annual Fees will not increase because of this project and its costs.

What is the grant funding from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CCIP)?

The CCIP is part of Canada 150 Celebrates, the Government of Canada's celebration of our country's 150th anniversary. Through investments in community infrastructure, the Government of Canada will invest in projects that celebrate our shared heritage, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for Canadians.

Under the theme Giving back to Canada: shaping the future, leaving a lasting legacy and giving a gift to Canada, the CCIP will invest $150 million over two years to support projects that rehabilitate existing community facilities across Canada. These projects will ensure a lasting legacy as a result of Canada 150 and strengthen communities from coast to coast to coast.

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), on behalf of the Government of Canada, will deliver the CCIP in Western Canada. WD will invest in projects that rehabilitate or improve cultural and community infrastructure, which will help communities realize long-term growth and vibrancy in the years to come.

Source: http://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/18872.asp

What age groups will the revitalized park serve?

Ages 1 – 99.

Why can’t the park be fenced?

The Common cannot be fenced for two reasons:

  1. To receive this grant funding, our amenity must meet the follow criteria (and more under Eligible Activities):
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    Be for the rehabilitation, renovation, or expansion of existing infrastructure for public use or benefit;
    b.
    Be community-oriented, non-commercial in nature and open for use to the public and not limited to a private membership;

  2. The City of Calgary owns the land that Prestwick Common is situated on and is zoned for public use. McKenzie Towne Council only owns the physical structures in the park.

Development Permit Conditionally Approved
Updated: January 18, 2017

Another step closer to breaking ground! McKenzie Towne Council's Development Permit was conditionally approved by the City of Calgary. MTC is working to establish a construction timeline and have it publicly as soon as possible.


Development Permit Drawings received by MTC
Updated: November 23, 2016

McKenzie Towne Council is excited to present our Development Permit Drawings for the Prestwick Common Project. Currently, the drawings are in the circulation stage among City business units and the McKenzie Towne Community Association. MTC aims to break ground in February 2017, complete construction in June 2017 and host a grand opening on Canada Day, July 1, 2017.

Click here to view the drawings.


 Town Hall meeting results & project next steps
Updated: February 1, 2016

McKenzie Towne Council hosted two open houses and had very low attendance. Attendees expressed minimal opinions regarding plans to revitalize Prestwick Common. However, the greatest concern that was brought to our attention was parking availability around the Common.

Next steps: The Board of Directors has approved to proceed to develop an architectural plan for the potential splash park area that would incorporate an upgraded fountain feature, improved fire pit - followed by an RFP process for a building that will house mechanical and chemical rooms, washrooms and a multi-use space.


Town Hall Meeting Dates & Submit Feedback
Updated: November 20, 2015

Submit Project Feedback

Leading up to the Town Hall meetings regarding Anniversary Park at Prestwick Common, McKenzie Towne Council welcomes your feedback and thoughts about the project. Please read all of the posts below before submitting your feedback. Your submissions well help MTC with keep resident interests in mind and providing appropriate information about the project to keep everyone on the same page.

Prestwick Common Revitalization Project Feedback Form

First and Last Name
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Town Hall Meetings

McKenzie Towne Council's Prestwick Common Committee will be hosting to Town Hall meetings at McKenzie Towne Hall in December. All McKenzie Towne Residents are invited to attend to share their thoughts and ideas, as well as to learn about plans and progress and have questions answered. These meeting will be an open discussion forum to maintain awareness from both Board member and resident perspectives.

Meeting dates:

Sunday, December 13th from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday, December 14th from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Download the Prestwick Common Project Feedback Brochure


An Overview on the Prestwick Common Revitalization Project

Updated: October 8, 2015

Brookfield Developers built McKenzie Towne as an open and publicly accessible community. Whereas developers of other communities with resident associations built fenced-in amenities, enabling controlled access. This makes McKenzie Towne unique in that residents can enjoy the community’s amenities without limitation to their friends and families, and allows all Calgarians to visit and enjoy this wonderful community, too.

Prestwick Common was due – based on its amenity life cycle analysis – for redevelopment in 3-5 years from now. It is currently an aesthetically pleasing fountain used as a splash park in the summer, and a skating rink with fire pit in the winter.

Upon discovery of the Government of Canada’s Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, McKenzie Towne Council (MTC) saw an opportunity to revitalize the Common, turn it into a landmark destination and save on redevelopment costs. The revitalized landmark will celebrate and commemorate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation in 2017 for future generations of the community.

The approved federal funding allows MTC to proceed with redevelopment fountain/splash park sooner than projected. McKenzie Towne Council must still contribute money (alongside federal funding) to revitalize the publicly used amenity, owned by MTC, on City of Calgary property.

McKenzie Towne Council identified two areas of improvement with the Prestwick Common revitalization project:

1. Converting the fountain area into a more age appropriate and interactive splash park, as well as an easier to flood ice surface in the winter. The fountain/fire pit will remain as a feature in Prestwick Common.

2. The addition of washrooms – we receive constant feedback from users that washrooms would drastically improve enjoyment of the site, while adding some much needed convenience.

The Board and staff of MTC have been fiscally responsible for over a decade and Annual Fees will not increase because of this new project. In fact, McKenzie Towne Council is now debt free, twelve years ahead of schedule! Annual Fees go towards recreation programming and event support at the Towne Hall, year-round maintenance of 14 amenities, enhanced grounds keeping throughout the community and much more.

McKenzie Towne Council is proud to have the ability to take on this project, for the benefit of McKenzie Towne’s residents, in a fiscally responsible manor while improving a major amenity that will have a long lasting and historical imprint within the community.

McKenzie Towne Council welcomes feedback. Email inquiries@mtcouncil.com.


Announcement: Funding for the Prestwick Common Revitalization Project

September 2, 2015

McKenzie Towne Council has successfully applied for and received $215,000 in grant funding through the Government of Canada's - Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

The Council's application proposed to rehabilitate and renovate the existing the fountain area of Prestwick Common into a family friendly splash park area with features for toddlers to teens. The project will also keep the ability to turn the Common into a pleasure rink in the winter, with a new and better graded surface that will be easier to flood and maintain ice. Additionally, Council plans to build washrooms onsite - it is important to the residents of McKenzie Towne, as well as all users of the Common.

Council is excited to be able to pursue a project that will benefit the community's residents and improve a site that has long needed some additional amenities and revitalization. While many of the project details need to be worked out, it is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2016 and be completed by the fall of 2017.

The announcement of approved funding was made on July 30th by Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification and Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre - North. $1.8 million was announced for 17 projects benefiting Calgary under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

"The 150th anniversary of Confederation is a great opportunity to celebrate Canada's rich history and heritage, and to look forward to its promising future. By supporting community associations across the West through the Canada 150 Infrastructure Program, we are helping all Canadians celebrate this important milestone while leaving a lasting legacy of improved local infrastructure." - The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification and Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre - North.

 

McKenzie Towne residents that wish to be involved in the project are welcome to email the President of McKenzie Towne Council: president@mtcouncil.com