At the next Committee of the Whole Council meeting (on Monday October 4), the Agenda shows that Council will be asked to approve the award of a contract to supply and install Adult Fitness equipment – but the location would not be per the original request. In Keith Oliver’s original requests in 2016 and then 2019, he suggested it be in Victoria Park and close to the boardwalk at its East end. But the report from Staff states that at the Parks and Recreation Committee, “the general consensus was that the Adult Fitness Park not be placed in Victoria Park”. So they are suggesting that it “be placed at the Cobourg Community Centre, or at Peter Delanty Park”. The cost would be less than $35K and covered by $10K approved for the 2021 budget and $25K from a grant already approved by the Federal Government.
Not all Councillors agree with the idea (at the last vote in February 2020, Nicole Beatty and Brian Darling voted against) – but the project was included in the Waterfront Master plan and this was approved by Council. I’d think that if it’s in the Waterfront Master Plan, that seems to preclude the CCC and Peter Delanty Park. And it’s not a surprise that Keith Oliver is not happy with the location change.
The winning bidder is Active Fit Playground Equipment – see Staff report for details.
Image below is of installation in Peterborough
The “Fitness Park” was always intended to be for seniors who often walk along the path adjacent to Victoria Park so a location at the CCC or Peter Delanty Park would be contrary to this. Keith tells me that a condition of the Federal Grant was that a majority of applicants must be seniors and the grant application specifically mentions the Victoria Park location (see excerpt from application below). Staff are following direction given to them (that’s good) but the “direction” seems to have been misconstrued. Maybe this time around, Council can provide fresh and crystal clear direction. Keith is hoping a discussion with Deputy Director Behan before the Council meeting will resolve his concerns.
- Staff report and recommendation
- A Tour of Peterborough’s Installation
- Description of Project in Grant application
Reports in Cobourg News Blog
- Adult Fitness Park gets Council Support – 2 February 2020
- Keith Oliver wins support for Outdoor Fitness Park – 11 June 2019
- Coverdale Park officially renamed Delanty park – 28 July 2018
Addendum – Oct 4, 2021
At tonight’s Committee of the Whole (CoW) meeting, Council heard that the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee favoured the Cobourg Community Centre as the location because it would be easier for CCC staff to provide programs. Councillor Chorley also said that it was expected that there would be delegations at next Monday’s Regular Council meeting when this matter would be finally decided. Councillor Darling said that he expected the novelty to wear off but that if it were to go ahead, the CCC location would be best. He also speculated that Hockey players might use the equipment to warm up. There was no discussion of the original intent that it was intended for seniors (and in fact a strong part of the grant application), nor of its original location in Victoria Park nor of its inclusion in the Waterfront master plan. The vote was 6-1 with Councillor Beatty against. Anyone objecting (or supporting) should now make their thoughts known to Councillors before next Monday. Their contact emails and phone numbers are here.