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​​​Henderson Community Park - Design Workshop

February 11, 2014

Residents of the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury showed once again why this is such as fantastic community to live, work and play in at the Community Design Workshop on February 11, 2014.
The Zima Room of the BWG Public Library and Cultural Centre was packed with people interested in helping shape the future of Henderson Park, including members of the community, councillors, the Mayor and Town staff with support from Dillon Consulting.

Two possible designs for the park were prepared as a starting point for the Community Design Workshop, where participants began the process of defining the features the park will have and how they will be phased in over the long term. 

Scroll to the bottom of the page to view the two sketches used at the Design Workshop, and click the links at right to check out the full presentation and photos from the workshops. 

To arrive at this stage, data collected about the site – including existing natural features, structures and roads – was combined with the “blue sky” input received at November’s Community Vision Workshop, to come up with a framework for the park. The ultimate goal is to take the beautiful piece of property donated by the Henderson family and develop it into a park that will be safe, accessible and offer quality facilities to meet the needs of a diverse and growing community.
It will ensure the best use of existing natural features, such as forested areas, a stream and fantastic views, while also protecting and restoring them. It will provide opportunities for team sports and individual recreation in all seasons, as well as family picnics, public events, outdoor education and areas to relax and enjoy nature. To ensure that all of this is done in a logical and affordable way, the park will be constructed in several phases over a number of years. 

At the February workshop, a tremendous variety of input was received about the uses of the park, placement of areas for active and passive recreation, and the needs of the community for different types of spaces and activities. All of this will be incorporated into a preferred concept plan to be presented at a Public Open House on April 9 at 7 p.m. in the BWG Library Zima Room. Subject to the public open house, a final master plan report will be presented to Council in June 2014 (date to be confirmed).​