KAWARTHA LAKES- Logie Park in Lindsay has been recognized provincially for its design, innovative layout and impressive features.
At a recent council meeting, Mayor Andy Letham announced Jenn Johnson, Manager of Parks, Recreation and Culture, as the winner of the Urban Design Award by the Ontario Parks Association, who reviewed many park designs across the entire province.
“As Lindsay continues to grow, the city wanted to create and develop a focal point that would act as both an entrance way and destination park,” said Johnson in a video shown during the meeting. “Welcome to Logie Park, one of Kawartha Lakes most beautiful and accessible public parks.”
According to Mayor Letham, Ontario Parks Association represents municipalities and parks departments across the province. With the provincial government, they have annual awards, the highest being the Urban Design Award, recognizing municipal staff, landscape architects, developers and others responsible for the design of municipal parks, public spaces, streetscapes and urban intensification projects that have a focus on protecting the environment through the use of sustainable, green infrastructure, innovations and technologies.
“2020 saw the redevelopment of Logie park, the city wanted to design and develop a new focal point that would act as both an entrance way and a destination park,” he said. “This was one of Kawartha Lakes largest redevelopments and most innovative parks that has amenities for all and will attract all demographics.”
The redevelopment of Logie Park followed a Canadian theme and features a skating loop that is 133 linear feet by 91 linear feet. The cost was included in the overall redevelopment of the park. The total project cost was approximately $4.5 million.
The park, on the corner of Logie Street and Lindsay Street South was redeveloped to feature a splash pad, new play area, sports path network, expanded parking to allow event hosting, climbing structures, a zip line, a sand area and more.
“Investments like Logie are investments into the entire community, it offers a variety ways to stay active year round, a great development that we can all take pride in,” said Mayor Letham.
The public can also visit the park in a variety of ways, with access by road, a boat dock off of the Trent Severn Waterway or a path that is connected to the Kawartha trans Canada trail.
Due to the pandemic, the award was announced in the council chambers but Johnson will be formally presented with the award at Logie park during an award presentation, when possible.