Project overview

The City of Cambridge is planning to make improvements to Witmer Park, 100 Arthur Fach Drive. Proposed improvements include the construction of a shade pavilion structure and a multi-use court (containing basketball, tennis/pickleball, a games wall and painted court games), while still maintaining a large open lawn area for informal play. The intention of the design is to provide a multi-functional and flexible space for the community to use, both formally and informally. Lighting will not be installed in the park, however power will be run to the pavilion which will be available for use by permit-holders. 

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Timeline

Construction is expected to begin the week of June 15, 2020. 

Progress to date

  • September 2018 – A public meeting was held in Witmer Park to gather ideas from the community.  Over 300 people attended to contribute to planning the future park improvements.  Over 160 written comments were submitted to City staff to inform the design of the concept plans.
  • March 2019 – Cambridge City Council approved a $260,000 budget for Witmer Park improvements (includes costs for design and construction)
  • Spring/Summer 2019 – Public comments were analyzed and a concept plan was drawn up
  • October 2019 – A drop-in style public open house was held at St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School to present the proposed concept plan to residents, and to receive feedback on the plan
  • Detailed drawings were completed Winter 2020
  • Public tender was released March 2020
  • Construction contract has been awarded to 5 Star Paving Inc., from Cambridge

Upcoming work

  • Staff will make minor adjustments to the plans based on feedback received from residents, then will begin the detailed site design phase
  • Winter 2020 – Issue for tender
  • Spring/summer 2020 – Construction
  • Construction to begin week of June 15, 2020

Get involved

A public meeting was held in September 2018 to gather ideas and comments from the public on what types of amenities would best meet the needs of the community.  The level of response from the community was very strong in support of making changes, and several key amenities were consistently requested. 

The current design concept was completed in response to the community requests.  A follow-up drop-in style open house was held October 30, 2019 to present the concepts to the neighbourhood (the concept plans can be viewed below).  Following receipt of final comments from the public, some minor changes were made, detailed drawings were completed and the tender package was sent out for bidding.

Documents, reports and updates

Contact information

Shane Taylor, Landscape Architect
City of Cambridge
50 Dickson Street, P.O. Box 669
Cambridge, ON, N1R 5W8
Telephone: (519) 740-4681 x 4567
Email: TaylorS@cambridge.ca