The CastleDownsDistrictPark, located in the Dunluce neighbourhood, services all the communities in Castle Downs with a population of over 60,000 as well as draws from other neighbourhoods east of 97 street and south of 137 avenue.The playground and spray park were initially developed by the CDRS in partnership with the City of Edmonton in 1996. Usage of the park has increased substantially since 1996, with increased development in the area and the addition of the skateboard park in 2006. The structures of the spray park and water park were aging, worn and often under repair. Statistics from summer programs show that from 2006 – 2013, between 25,000 and 30,000 people visit the water park every summer during the months of June, July and August. Families plan picnics, day-cares and preschools from area across north Edmonton book field trips to this site. This does not include visitors to the park for usage of sport fields, skate park and special events.
The Castle Downs Recreation Society formed a Park Planning Committee, made up of representatives from the six Castle Downs, and has updated and expanded the current amenities at the CastleDownsPark. The community group has removed and replaced the worn wooden and metal playground and water play equipment, expanded the water spray park & build a permanent washroom / change facility.The plan also included pathway access to the site in the form of biking, and walking trails from the surrounding communities. The plan also increased the number of trees, picnic tables and benches, and will be updating the recognition signage. Included in the plan is the expansion of the parking area at the park and they would like to install a system / tank to reuse the water from the spray park for sport field irrigation.
Construction of the new playground and spray park is now complete.
Castle Downs New Playground:
Since May 2009, the Castle Downs Recreation Society has been working to rebuild the playground and waterpark in CastleDownsPark.
Leading the charge is the Park Redevelopment Committee.This core group of volunteers has been working since May 2008 to plan and raise funds for the new park.
The redevelopment is a $2.4 million project led by the CDRS in partnership with the City of Edmonton, the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada.
For 5 days (June 9 to 13, 2010 ) and from to hundreds of community volunteers worked to install the new equipment for the park.
The equipment that was removed was refurbished and was sent to a village in the Philippines along with recreation and sport items donated by the leagues and schools in Castle Downs area.
The CDRS would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to:
The hundreds of volunteers from the community leagues in Castle Downs.
Baturyn, Caernarvon, Carlisle, Cumberland-Oxford, Dunluce and Lorelei-Beaumaris.
These dedicated volunteers worked in the rain and the hot sun from to for 5 days.
Sobeys Beaumaris for providing breakfast, lunch and dinner for five days and all of the refreshments to keep our volunteers going.
Tim Hortons on 127 Street and 153 Avenue for providing all of the coffee for five days to keep our volunteers energized.
PLAYGROUND/WATERPARK (Located in Castle Downs Park)
The Project.The Castle Downs Recreation Society will be installing a plaque to
commemorate the memory of Rose Rosenberger, a true community builder.The plaque would be about 18” by 20”, have a
colour picture of Rose, and outline her dedication and accomplishments.It will be mounted in a location in the
playground/waterpark in Castle Downs Park where people could learn about a
Rose was a founding member of the Castle Downs Recreation
Society in the early 1980s.She helped
set the vision for the development of the Castle Downs District Park with
recreation facilities, sport fields and playgrounds.
The plaque will have a picture of Rose and outline her
contributions to the community and the City of Edmonton (Public School Trustee,
Edmonton Police Commission, City Councillor and founder of Edmonton Salutes).