Kingsmeade Park Development
After consultation with the community about their preferences and on design options, the Kingsmeade Park development project has completed the final park design.
The first phase of public participation closed on September 7, 2020 and the feedback is now available in the What We Heard report.
The second phase of development helped guide the park design. Residents were invited to join an online presentation on October 15, 2020 for an overview of the concept plan options and an opportunity to ask questions directly to the project team. A video recording of the presentation can be viewed below.
An online survey was available until October 26, 2020 to gather feedback about the two concept plans. The information from this phase of engagement will guide the selection and final details of the concept plan for Kingsmeade Park. The results and final concept plan will be shared in December 2020.
What We Heard
A full summary of the input and feedback provided to the City of St. Albert throughout this park development project can be reviewed in the What We Heard Report.
Concept Design Presentation
The full Q&A from the presentation is available for review.
Next Steps and Timelines
This project has been fully funded and detailed design, where the technical details are drafted and any further concerns or technical issues resolved, will begin early in 2021. A final opportunity for residents to review and provide input on the detailed design is tentatively planned for March 2021.
Construction is tentatively planned for 2021 and the length of construction is dependent on the final design, complexity of amenities and weather during the construction season.
- Redistricting – Complete
- Concept Plan Completion – Complete
- Detailed Design – Winter 2020/2021
- Construction – Spring to fall 2021
- Park Opening – December 2021
Full project background
The City of St. Albert is developing a new park in the Kingswood neighbourhood to increase recreation opportunities for all neighbourhood residents.
The proposed Kingsmeade Park is located within the Pineview II/Kingswood Area Structure Plan (ASP). This 2.3 hectare park is a portion of the identified Municipal Reserve required for the completion of the neighbourhood. The acquisition of this land approved by Council in February 2020.
As the site is currently districted Urban Reserve (UR) within the City’s Land Use Bylaw, a redistricting process has been initiated to change the designation to Public Park (P). This process is tentatively scheduled for Council consideration in November 2020.
Providing park spaces and recreation amenities directly within a community helps improve neighbourhood connectedness and quality of life for area residents. Residents of Kingswood have access to a number of recreation amenities, including Servus Place, with varying degrees of walkability.
The proposed site is a community park within the City’s Parks and Open Spaces Standards and Guidelines. Community parks are intended to provide structured recreation opportunities not available in smaller neighbourhood parks and may include a wide variety of recreation amenities All community parks include:
- an identification sign
- bike rack(s)
- waste receptacle(s)
- benches along trails (one every 400 meters, if applicable)
Read the full backgrounder about the project.
How are decisions made about what to build in the park?
Public input is used to inform four key development areas:
- Environmental Sustainability. Assessment of environmental constraints and issues that will need to be considered throughout the project. For this site, known environmental considerations include:
- Retention of the existing evergreen trees
- On-site stockpiling of marginal soils (“snakepitting”) that may need removal
- Technical Feasibility. There are both opportunities and constraints with the location, configuration and size of the site that will impact the final design. Major considerations include:
- Safety along Kingswood Boulevard
- Existing grade (slope) of the land
- Potential impacts to neighbouring landowners and fit with future development around the park.
- Alignment to existing City policies, standards and guidelines
- Financial Feasibility. This input considers the budget available for construction and weighs the long term operational and replacement costs of different elements of the park. Major considerations include:
- Potential servicing costs
- Need to complete basic development (grading, grass and trees, managing environmental issues) before allocating budget for amenities
- Publicly Acceptable. This area considers the needs and desires of the community, along with the potential impacts from the park development. Broader City-wide recreation amenities needs are also a major input. Considerations will include:
- Public engagement information including community survey results
- City of St. Albert Community Needs Assessment
Last edited: January 6, 2021