An upgraded John Coulter Park has Eaglemere residents joyful.
The park saw its drainage issues dealt with, while its playground was greatly expanded.
Eaglemere Residents’ Association communications co-ordinator Cindy Lange said she hopes the addition of two new structures and fitness equipment, including a rock wall and chin-up bars, will increase the number of young residents enjoying the park.
"There was nothing else here, so the kids never played on it," said Lange, who has lived in the neighbourhood since 2005. "(The addition) wasn’t even completed yet, they had wire fencing around it, and the kids were already in here and playing."
Lange said the park is one of the first in the province to install the fitness equipment.
"We had some extra funds to work with, so this was a recommendation from the ERA as a suggestion," Lange said.
Lange said as the number of people coming through the park increases, she expects the amount of greenery present to greet the visitors will grow as well.
"We had a lot of drainage issues and that’s been corrected, so we’re quite pleased," Lange said, noting rainwater wasn’t getting to the lake at the northwest corner of the park. "Things just weren’t growing, trees were dying, just because they were swamped."
The $259,000 project received $10,000 from the provincial government, while the city provided the remaining funds. Lange said the park has received support from local businesses in the form of flowers to be placed in pots around the park.
Elmwood-East Kildonan Coun. Thomas Steen said he was happy to donate a significant chunk of his allotment for parks to John Coulter Park.
"The drainage needed to be done. They had a walking trail they couldn’t use when water got over it," Steen said. "The drainage problem started it, the urgency to do it, and it became a priority."
The residents’ association formed just two years ago, and Lange is proud of what it has accomplished so far. She feels there is still plenty of work left to do, though, including drainage along Molson and keeping water moving in the lake.
"(The neighbours) would like to see a fountain in the lake because there’s nothing there right now, and there are times of the year where it gets a little swampy," she said. "If there was a fountain, it would keep water moving and alleviate some of the problems there with algae."