Prestwick Common Revitalization Project
Keeping You Updated
Updated: June 20, 2017
McKenzie Towne Council has successfully applied for and received $125,000 in 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.
Updated: May 25, 2017
A couple pictures of the current state of the construction process.
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
What 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.
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:
- To receive this grant funding, our amenity must meet the follow criteria (and more under Eligible Activities):
a. 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;
- 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.
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
Prestwick Common Revitalization Project Feedback Form
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.
Sunday, December 13th from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday, December 14th from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com