Project overview

The City of Cambridge has made improvements to Witmer Park, a neighbourhood park at 100 Arthur Fach Drive. Park upgrades included the construction of a shade pavilion structure and a multi-use court (containing basketball, tennis/pickleball, a games wall and painted court games), while maintaining a large open lawn area for unstructured play.

The re-designed park will provide a multi-functional and flexible space for the community to use, both formally and informally. 

Timeline

Construction began in June 2020 and was completed in September 2020. 

  • 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 in Winter 2020.
  • Public tender was released March 2020.
  • Construction contract awarded to 5 Star Paving Inc., from Cambridge.
  • June 2020 - Construction began.
  • September 2020 - Construction completed.

Public Consultation

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