Bingham Park upgrades: Resident input wanted to help shape new park improvements (Lowertown Echo: Winter 2022)

Parks are the lifeblood of a community. 

They are where you meet up with friends, laugh with your children, and can make memories – all within steps from your home. 

When it comes to improving a community park, we need the community to weigh in. 

What works? What does not? What could we add? What is outdated?

For Lowertown, we have seen what a park revitalization or new additions can add to the neighbourhood. 

From Jules Morin Park revitalization, the addition of tennis and basketball courts at Bordeleau Park, Cathcart Park amenity improvements. Individually these enhancements have allowed residents of Lowertown to continue to grow and play right in their community. 

That is why I am excited to announce the latest park improvement project for the neighbourhood. 

Bingham Park, located at 145 Cathcart St. is bordered by Bolton, Cathcart and Dalhousie streets. 

Existing park amenities include a tennis court, wading pool, play equipment, park furniture, community flower garden, a seasonal outdoor rink, a baseball diamond, open green space, public art fencing, trees and landscaping. 

But what could be better? How can we enhance ageing infrastructure and create a more open, inviting, and friendly space? 

This year, the City began its three-step public consultation process to redesign the park with a survey prepared by the Friends of Bingham Park Committee in 2018. 

If you haven’t already, I invite you to fill out the survey to help in either validating the 2018 data or identifying emerging new trends since the initial survey was distributed.

Second, I invite residents to join a virtual Zoom Bingham Park Consultation on Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. that I will host along with city staff and the Friends of Bingham Park Committee to discuss the survey results and prioritize the requested changes and improvements. 

Further to the consultation, residents can provide comments, through Engage Ottawa, on a preliminary concept design that will be prepared using the input received by the community. 

Let’s continue to enhance our community assets in ways that residents desire – so Bingham Park can continue to be a lively community spot for years to come.