A $25-million redevelopment is being proposed for the Kilcona Park/Harbour View recreation complex.
Plans released Thursday call for a dramatic makeover that includes rebuilding many of the structures at Harbour View, including the wooden tower; fencing and relocating areas of the off-leash dog park; construction of a three-kilometre roadway linking both sides of the site, along with a 10-kilometre network of active-transportation paths.
"It's our fair share, it's our time," North Kildonan Coun. Jeff Browaty said of the proposal.
The Kilcona/Harbour View complex is a 180-hectare recreational site on the northeast corner of Lagimodiere Boulevard and Springfield Road. It began as a landfill and storm water-retention complex in the 1970s. The landfill has since been closed and sodded and used as the city's largest off-leash dog park.
The Harbour View component, at the eastern edge of the site, includes a nine-hole golf course, pro shop, driving range, mini-putt, tennis courts, lawn bowling, toboggan hill, indoor concession and lounge area.
The Kilcona park portion, which is along Lagimodiere Boulevard, includes the 48-hectare off-leash dog park, toboggan hill and sport fields.
The planning report, presented at a special meeting of the East Kildonan-Transcona community committee, envisions redeveloping the site over six years. Fencing in the dog park and rebuilding the dock areas at Harbour View, estimated to cost $9.3 million, would be the first projects.
Other park upgrades include new community picnic and recreation sites, washroom upgrades, refurbishment and repurposing of the maintenance yards into a sports complex, and paving Norris Road.
The committee endorsed the plan and instructed the administration to prepare a proposal for council's consideration and inclusion in budget deliberations.
Maureen Krauss, a planner with local firm HTFC, said the park facilities and structures are old and in poor condition. The park's location -- in the northeastern corner of the city on the east side of Lagimodiere -- has kept it off the radar for many residents and made it difficult to access.
Krauss recommended the park lose the Harbour View name in favour of Kilcona Park.
Browaty said city hall has upgraded parks in other areas, adding it's about time money and effort were allocated to the northeast quadrant of the city.
In addition to improving park facilities, Krauss recommends making it easier for residents to access the site.
She proposes a pedestrian overpass across Lagimodiere into the All Seasons Estates neighbourhood ($4 million) and trails linking it to the newly built Chief Peguis trail and the Cordite trail that goes into north Transcona ($860,000).
Browaty said the overpass into the residential neighbourhood isn't a priority, adding it could be considered later.
Krauss said there is potential for private-sector partnerships, with possible commercial development on Lagimodiere Boulevard and in selected areas of the park, which could offset costs.