New Skateboarding Park at Glenashton Park/Iroquois Ridge Community Centre

A skateboarding park will be developed soon at the Glenashton Park/Iroquois Ridge Community Centre. This development is part of the implementation of the Town of Oakville's Parks, Recreation, Culture & Library Master Plan approved in 2006.

The following is a response to questions and comments from our association to the Town of Oakville regarding the new park:

1. The facility hours will be consistent with the Town's Park By-law. This means that no one should be in the park (Glen Ashton or the Skateboard) between dusk and 6am. This will be regulated by installation of appropriate signage.

2. We do not plan to directly fence or gate this facility. The main reason for this is based on past experience of fencing and gating park amenities. Generally speaking, a fence will not deter users who are motivated and generally defiant. If there is someone motivated to use the park after hours they will figure out a way (i.e. damage, cut or jump the fence). Signage is the most appropriate method of control.

3. We have appropriately positioned the skateboard pad near the Community Centre building to utilize security lighting installed on the building. It is not intended to be directly lit at this would encourage after hours use. This also works well in case the Town wishes to install a camera to monitor the park. This is something that is done in many of our typical parks.

4. We believe that proper placement of the park is the best method of sound and safety control. For your reference I have attached a map illustrating the location of the skateboard park (noted as a red star). As you may notice, we believe this the best possible location on the site as it is centrally located and a good distance from private residences.

5. This facility is intended for skateboard use only. The design specification are directed towards use by skateboards. The facility will be signed appropriately to indicate it's intended use and any prohibited use (i.e BMX). The sign will also include hours of operation and contact information."

"monitoring will be the key to proper maintenance and in dealing with site specific issues."

For more information regarding the new skateboarding park please visit Comments or questions can be directed to at the Town's Parks and Open Space Department before March 20th, 2009.

News on Munn’s Public School Additions 01/25/2009

At the January 21, 2009 meeting of the HDSB, Superintendent Cullen reported to the trustees on the addition to Munn’s PS as well as construction at the other schools affected by PARC16B (Sunningdale and Montclair). Superintendent Cullen reported that they have been able to take care of most concerns of principals and school councils. Superintendent Cullen reported that they would be taking back revised plans to school councils one more time before sending plans for the additions out for tender. Superintendent Cullen reported that a large portion of comments concerned traffic and access and that they looked into putting ‘new school’ traffic features into ‘old schools’ where possible. Superintendent Cullen reported that they have consulted comments from the community so that they move in the right direction. This interaction and consultation, if true, sounds good and would be a great improvement over how HDSB handled the additions onto Joshua Creek PS (presented without consultation and in fact they mislead as to where the addition would be put, which wasn’t known until the Town of Oakville distributed notices).

Superintendent Cullen reported that accepted tenders would be announced in February 2009. Trustees put a halt on Superintendent Cullen by asking him to bring back to trustees the plans that HDSB will be putting out to tender, before it is put out to tender. Superintendent Cullen did not intend to consult with trustees before putting the plans out to tender but rather just show them after they went out to tender. We commend the proactive effort of the trustees in this regard.

If you have comment or concerns with the plans for the addition at Munn’s PS or other related construction activity (e.g., parking lots, tree removals), you now have a window of opportunity to provide feedback to your school council, HDSB planning department or to the HDSB trustees. Next chance to comment is the Town’s Site Plan Committee meeting that will approve the plan submitted by HDSB.

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