$2.2 Million Invested to Revitalize Forest Glade Optimist Park

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$2.2 Million Invested to Revitalize Forest Glade Optimist Park

Forest Glade Optimist Park is undergoing nearly $2.2 million in improvements to its sports and recreation facilities as Windsor City Council continues to invest in new opportunities for residents to get healthy and stay active.

Construction gets underway this September to install new pickleball courts and upgrade some of the existing tennis courts with premium surface at the popular Ward 7 Park located on Forest Glade Drive, east of Lauzon Road. This parks improvement project is valued at $800,000.

“Council is committed to prioritizing investments that continuously raise the quality of life for Windsor families and individuals. The new and improved facilities at Forest Glade Optimist Park will provide safe, fun and accessible amenities to meet the diverse sports and recreation needs of our community for years to come.”

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens

These improvements are a continuation of the extensive renewal work at Forest Glade Optimist Park over the last few years, which has included the following:

  • 2018 – $250,000 addition of two basketball courts and a multi-purpose sports court featuring specialized tile surface that not only offers better grip but also improves drainage following rain events thanks to its porous texture
  • 2020 – $750,000 invested to build a new splash pad and accessible washrooms that are expected to open to the public in summer 2021, pending public health measures related to the pandemic

Also in 2021, the park will undergo work to install new replacement lighting throughout, new catch basins to reduce flooding and a final layer of new asphalt to the parking lot valued at about $450,000.

“I am very excited for the much-needed upgrades and additions to take place at our Forest Glade Optimist Park,” said Ward 7 Councillor Jeewen Gill. “The new premium tennis courts, pickleball courts, splash pad and restrooms will enable Ward 7 residents to have access to the best facilities. These amenities will bring new leisure activities and will help to continue promoting a healthy lifestyle for our community and our neighbourhood.”

An online survey is now open to collect residents’ ideas and feedback about the preferred custom features to help make the new Forest Glade Optimist Park pickleball courts accessible to all. Responses will be used to inform the final design of this new amenity, which will be the first dedicated pickleball courts in the city. The survey will be open at the link above until June 25, 2021.

The City currently offers five indoor pickleball courts. While it does not have any dedicated outdoor pickleball courts, 16 of the 35 existing outdoor tennis courts have pickleball lines.

This investment is part of the City of Windsor’s $1.6-billion, 10-year Capital Plan, which is investing $170-million in local public infrastructure in 2021 alone. The recent municipal budget allocated a record $17.5 million towards parks and recreation infrastructure improvements, all part of Mayor Dilkens’ plan to build the city up.

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