Sunset Park upgrade

Sunset Park and Sunset Community Centre
Photograph by Pictometry International Corp.

The Sunset Community Centre was rebuilt and relocated to Main Street in 2006.

The new community centre became disconnected from the park and playground, with an open space separating them. The need to reconnect and renew the park prompted requests for improvements by the community. 

After extensive public consultation, the concept design for the Sunset Park upgrade was approved by the Board in November 2015.

Improvements include: 

  • Connecting the east and west portions of the park with a reconfigured works yard
  • New and improved paths and fencing
  • Additional green space
  • Picnic shelter providing covered seating and benches
  • Additional capacity for future electric vehicle chargers
  • Rebuilt playground and off-leash dog areas with fencing and amenities on the east side
  • Planting areas with rain garden and lost creek feature
  • Naturalized areas with new trees

Recent developments with the master plan

Late-June 2018 - The renewed park opens. Areas of the lawn continue to be fenced to allow it to establish.

June 2018 - Construction nears completion.

August 2017 - Construction begins.

May 2017 - Work to construct improvements put out to tender.

April 2017 - Detailed park designs completed.

April 2017 - Prince Edward Street  (south end) closed to vehicles. Bike and pedestrian still permitted.

March 2017 - We are in the process of completing  construction drawings for the park upgrade. Improvements include better connections between the east and west sides of the park, new pathways, a playground, seating, picnic tables, and  a rain garden plantings. Construction is anticipated to begin in the summer 2017.

Questionnaire results

September 2015 – We summarized the feedback we received at the summer open house and from our consultation with groups that use Sunset Park. The community is excited about many of the proposed improvements that we presented in the latest concept for the park. Elements that the community felt were most important in the new design included:

  1. Improvements to paths
  2. Additional seating areas
  3. A naturalized area with trees
  4. The renewal of the children's playground

Questionnaire: What do you think of the park concept design?

August 1, 2015 – Thank you to everyone who completed our questionnaire. We're now analyzing the feedback we received and will report the results after.

July 2, 2015 – Your feedback will help us further shape the design and prioritize design features. The questionnaire closes on July 31.

July 1 open house: View the park concept design

June 25, 2015 – Learn about the concept we've refined based on your earlier feedback.

Let us know what you think about the refined concept, to help us further shape the design and prioritize desired features.

We'll display the preferred design at Sunset Community Centre and on this page in the fall.

Questionnaire results

March 9, 2015 – In our questionnaire, we heard that: a majority of residents:

  • Support the eight draft design principles in the Sunset Park Master Plan
  • Feel that the most important use for the park are as a place for children to play and as a place to exercise and play sport, with the current ice rink being the amenity that most would like to see changed or improved

The questionnaire results will help us identify directions and priorities for park improvements.

Questionnaire: What do you think about Sunset Park?

December 16, 2014 – Thank you for your feedback on the Sunset Park Master Plan at our open house or through the online questionnaire. We are now analyzing the feedback we received and will provide a summary of results in the new year.

November 28, 2014 – The master plan process is just starting and we want to know your ideas, concerns, and thoughts about the park. Take our online questionnaire until December 15, 2014. Your responses will help us to:

  • Plan a future for the park that reflects the community’s values
  • Understand issues and opportunities
  • Establish directions and priorities for park improvements for the next 10 to 15 years

November 27 open house: View the park concept designs

November 7, 2014 – Join us at the November 27 open house to review and comment on concept designs for the renewed Sunset Park. Tell us what you think about the park's existing features and what you'd like to see in the renewed park. Your feedback will help further refine early design concepts.

Date: November 27, 2014, 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Sunset Community Centre, 6810 Main Street

Consultant hired and consultation begun

Late summer 2014 – We started meetings with stakeholders and staff to work on park design concepts.

July 1, 2014 – At the Sunset neighbourhood's Canada Day celebration, we asked the community what features they'd like to see in Sunset Park in the future. What we heard was the need to improve the playground, pathways, and plantings, and to create naturalized areas and seating.

May 24, 2014 – We advertised the Sunset Park Master Plan at South Hill Festival.

Spring 2014 – We hired a consultant to help develop the master plan.

Project details

Key dates

Date Event
Spring 2018 Anticipated completion of park improvements
August 2017 Anticipated start of construction
May 2017 Work for improvements put out for contractors to bid on
Summer 2016 - March 2017 Detail design and construction drawings completed
Fall 2015 Present the preferred concept plan to the Park Board
Fall 2015 Refine the preferred master plan design
Early 2015 Hold an open house to get your feedback on a preferred design concept
Winter 2014 Further develop master plan design concepts

Work leading up to the master plan

Sunset Park was created in 1929 and the Sunset Community Centre opened in 1950 with fundraising from Sunset Communit Assocation (and help from American singer Bing Crosby).

In 2006, the community centre was rebuilt on the west side of Sunset Park, creating the need to assess how the park features work together.

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