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New Heritage Green Passive Park and Newalta Trails nearly ready

City’s biggest leash-free dog area featured

By Laura Lennie, News Staff

The new upper Stoney Creek passive park on the former Taro west quarry industrial dump property is expected to be completed next month.

Newalta Corp. district manager Lorenzo Alfano says construction of Heritage Green Passive Park and Newalta Trails at the northwest corner of Mud Street and First Road West is in the final stages.

“A lot of the work has been completed,” he said. “Final completion of the park will most likely be mid-to-late September, obviously depending on weather.”

The 28-hectare property will feature a centre pathway and the city’s biggest leash-free dog area.

In addition to the two-hectare, fenced-in, double-gated pooch area, the site will have pathways in the east and west sections of the park. The pathways will connect into existing and new subdivisions, Heritage Green Sports Park and eventually the East Mountain Loop Trail.

The property also will include benches, tree plantings and a lighted parking lot with an accessible ramp.

Alfano said the project has been broken up into three phases.

The first phase, which includes the centre pathway and pathways in the east section of the park, is complete, he said.

“Phase two is the leash-free dog area,” Alfano said. “It’s complete, minus the fencing. That’s going to be installed shortly.”

Alfano said the third phase, which includes building pathways in the west section of the park, is underway.

“City staff came out, they took a look around and there’s an area that links the actual passive park to the sports park and there was an accessibility issue there,” he said. “That’s now being designed and worked on. There are a few other minor items that need to be completed, then the substantial completion, inspection from all parties, the green light goes and we open the park.”

The dump has been closed since 1995.

Newalta, who took over ownership of the property in 2005, agreed to build the park and contribute the cash toward its development in 2012.

However, corporation officials didn’t budget enough for construction costs and had to appeal to the Heritage Green Community Trust for additional financing.

Newalta is contributing $1.25 million to the development. The trust is providing $960,000 to complete the $2.2-million endeavour.

The city will maintain the park at a cost of about $25,000 annually. This will include grass cutting, garbage removal and fence repairs as needed.

Alfano said the process to build the park began a couple years back.

Newalta had to submit a number of studies to the Ministry of Environment as part of the approval process, he said.

“The ministry wanted certain things looked at prior to and reported on and then they gave the green light from there,” Alfano said. “From a construction point of view, we began work on it last September. It’s a bit of a process…and there was some funding issues too. That’s all been resolved, it’s all good to go and we’re moving full steam ahead.”

Alfano said the park will be a welcomed addition to the area.

“It will be a nice tie in, especially with all the new housing that’s being developed around here,” he said. “There will be a link from the passive park to the sports park and then eventually, it’s supposed to tie into the East Mountain Loop Trail, which is a 10-kilometre route. I just think it’s going to give a feature to this area that people currently don’t have that will tie into the features that people have been enjoying in the other parts of that loop – a combined passive and sports park, it’s going to be the only facility around that has all of that in one area.”

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