Memorial Park, located at 5010 47 Avenue in Ladner, is a very active and well used park, with amenities such as a ball diamond, a water play park, open spaces, a number of play areas and the Ladner cenotaph.
The sport court, located in the northwest corner of Memorial Park, was used for lacrosse until 2004, at which point the lacrosse activities moved to the then-newly renovated lacrosse box located at the Ladner Leisure Centre. Since 2004, the court at the Memorial Park has been used primarily as a secured, licenced space for liquor sales and consumption during the Ladner Pioneer May Days and as a storage area by the Corporation of Delta for large construction projects in nearby areas of Ladner.
With the lack of recreational activity in the northwest corner of the park, the court became a gathering space for undesirable activities. There have been several requests by the public to re-activate the area that the court occupies and to visually improve the look of this community space.
The full recreation potential of the court could be realized by resurfacing the existing asphalt in order to provide a number of recreational activities, as shown in the Memorial Park Sport Court Concept Plan. Specifically, the proposal for the court includes:
- a walking track of one tenth of a mile around the perimeter;
- three painted pickle ball courts at the south end of the area; and
- a skills development course designed for those learning to ride bicycles or other active transportation vehicles.
The skills development course will include obstacles, such as a slalom course, a balance beam, a teeter-totter and markings to replicate a road with an intersection, traffic signage, a pedestrian crossing and a railway crossing. The balance beam, teeter-totter and slalom elements are designed to be interchangeable so that the course can be rearranged by staff, as desired, to ensure continual interest by users.
All permanent elements would be painted onto the asphalt surface with colourful, durable asphalt paint. Metal sleeves would be placed so that pickle ball netting, traffic signs and removable obstacles can be installed and removed as needed. Course obstacles can be removed and the sleeves capped so that the surface is flat with no tripping hazards for the Ladner Pioneer May Days event.
The existing chain link fence around the court would be removed, with the exception of the fencing at the west edge of the ball diamond, which would be replaced with a chain link fence. The fencing around the remainder of the court would be replaced with a temporary fence, which would be installed for the Ladner Pioneer May Days as needed and removed after the event is complete.
At its February 18, 2016 Regular Meeting of the Parks, Recreation &
Culture Commission approved a conceptual design for the improvement
of the sport court at Memorial Park.
At its March 7, 2016 Regular Meeting, Council also approved a conceptual design for the improvement of the sport court at Memorial Park, including a community consultation process to seek input regarding the court concept plan.
Community Input and Feedback
The feedback campaign period is now closed. Based on the community input and public feedback received, it is anticipated that the project would be completed in the fall of 2016.
Reports and Related Documents
For more information about this project, please contact:
Todd Stewardson by email@example.com or call 604-946-3206, or Linda Nielsen by firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-946-3375.