Local residents, councillors and city staff gathered in Gobind Park on Thursday morning for the grand opening of the park’s new picnic shelter.
The shelter was erected after the Gobind Park Senior’s Society appealed to council to create a larger structure in the popular community park. The park – named after a Sikh Guru – is located at the corner of Sandpiper Drive and Quail Court.
The project was supported by the city and came far under budget, costing about $30,000 when the original prediction was around $60,000. Keith Senft, of the parks and recreation department, said the cost savings were achieved by using a local business to design the structure’s frame, instead of purchasing a ready-made shelter.
Freddy Latham, a member of the parks and recreation commission, said this erection of a new shelter was important to the community, providing a place for children, families and seniors.
“It’s important for communities to work with city staff to get what the community needs.”
Coun. Moe Gill said the park has been in development for years. It began with swings and a playground for children, and two small shelters. The community wanted a larger shelter in order to provide space for about 50 people, and Gill said the addition of the shelter will allow for large groups to gather and spend time together in the park.
“This is a big success for us as a city, working with the neighbourhood.”
Mayor Bruce Banman cut the ribbon at the ceremony and said it was an honour to see the project finished, and it took “innovative thinking” to complete the project under budget.
“It’s a gathering place for your community… it’s this type of thing that strengthens a neighbourhood.”