Save the Date: RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY
Saturday, June 23, 2018
10am - noon
Manor Park Community Centre
100 Thornwood Road
We still want to hear your ideas for recreational programs and services. Tell us by taking a moment to complete this survey. Keep reading for information about the changes coming to the Manor Park Community Centre this fall.
Refreshing the Community Centre
Erin Yoshida (reprinted from the Manor Park Chronicle)
The Manor Park Community Centre celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2008. Next year marks the 50th birhday of our community gathering place, and this milestone presents an ideal opportunity to refresh the building to ensure it continues to meet the needs of Manor Park's community for many years to come.,
The Community Centre was originally named the Manor Park Fieldhouse. This utilitarian structure was meant to support the activities on the adjacent sports fields. In 1988, it was fully renovated to create programming space, including a service kitchen and accessible washrooms. The fieldhouse became home for the highly successful Manor Park Playschool, after-school programs and camps. In 2008, celebrating the 20th anniversary of its renovation, the Fieldhouse's name was changed to the Manor Park Community Centre, which better reflected the variety of activities and programs that were based out fo the facility. Today these activities include preschool and school-aged programming, summer camps, recreational sports, art classes, fitness classes, Scouts and Guide gatherings, community meetings and, of course, warm facilities for lacing up skates in the winter.
The Manor Park Community Council (MPCC), in its role as provider of recreational programs to the community, has been considering the evolution of this space for several years. In 2011 it conducted a public survey to solicit ideas fo how the neighbourhood would like to use this facility. The most cited response was for multi-purpose space that can be used for a wider range of programming. Also, recent changes brought by full-day kindergarten has meant that there is less demand for daytime programming for young children and more demand from youth, adult and seniors age groups. The current interior design makes it difficult to evolve the programming to meet current and future needs.
As a result, in partnership with the City of Ottawa, Councillor Tobi Nussbaum and staff, the MPCC was successful in obtaining a City of Ottawa Major Capital Partnership grant. This grant will allow us to renovate the Community Centre and reconfigure the programming space, upgrade the facilities and improve accessibility -- to reenergize the 'vibe' of the centre. If all goes as planned, construc tion should start in mid-September, following our busy summer season.
We look forward to engaging the community in this exciting next phase to welcome your ideas on how this important community venue can best meet the needs of Manor Park.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What is the cost of the project? How is it being funded?
A: The Manor Park Community Centre is owned by the City of Ottawa. The city is responsible for the building’s maintenance and improvements. Included in these responsibilities is sending building plans out for tender.
The construction budget results from a partnership between: Manor Park Community Council (MPCC) $310,000, City of Ottawa $370,000 and Councillor Tobi Nussbaum’s Ward 13 ‘Cash-in-Lieu of Parkland’ allocation $60,000.
Q: How were the building plans developed? Who decided?
A: As a first step in developing the building plans, the MPCC surveyed the community and staff on how community centre could be upgraded to better serve programming needs of residents. The MPCC then contacted the City of Ottawa, owner the building. A budget was set.
The City of Ottawa assigned the community centre to a project manager who hired architects to conceptualize the building plans. Preliminary plans were discussed with a steering committee comprised of city staff, hired professionals and MPCC representatives. When confirming building plans, the steering committee had to balance new building code requirements for accessibility and community needs with the constraints of the existing building and budget.
Q: How are you selecting the contractor?
A: The City of Ottawa, owner of the Manor Park Community Centre, received bids from contractors in the course of its regular tendering process. The City of Ottawa has selected the contractor from the bids submitted.
Q: When will the renovations be finished?
A: The plan is to begin renovations in October 2, 2017 with the aim of having the improvements completed in spring 2018. Some programs have returned to the Community Centre and new programming is being added regularly.
Q: Is the community centre being expanded?
A: The community centre is not being expanded beyond its existing footprint. However, the project will claim as interior space the location under the west portico. This simple change will have a big impact inside, without any significant changes to the exterior façade.
The claimed space will house a new kitchen, office, and vestibule.
Q: What did the community survey request for the building? What are we getting?
A: Top responses in the community survey for building upgrades included: bigger building, air conditioning, larger multi-purpose room, better kitchen, MPCC office, outdoor drinking fountain, improved access from the street – and indoor or outdoor pool.
The renovation building plans address most of the ideas submitted through resident surveys. (Sorry, no pool.) The claimed space under the west portico will be the location for a new kitchen, MPCC office, and vestibule. Removal of the handicap elevator and a wall will create a larger more useful multi-purpose room. Three new washrooms will be installed on the main floor. Storage space will be enhanced.
The entire building will be more comfortable with the installation of air conditioning. And, new flooring, paint and doors with windows will create a fresh and welcoming appearance appropriate to participants of all ages.
Access to the building was improved in 2016 when the laneway was repaved, providing a safe and smooth surface. A water fountain may be included in the future.
Q: Why are there so many bathrooms planned?
A: The plans conform to new building codes which expand requirements for accessibility for those with disabilities. Construction on the main level of the community centre required that a new accessible bathroom be installed, and the existing washrooms relocated.
Q: What is the planned use for the space?
A: The Manor Park Community Council (MPCC) has the mandate to program the space in the Manor Park Community Centre. To date, the community centre has been the hub for a variety of recreational programs (eg. Manor Park Playschool, summer day camps, sports, adult fitness and wellness), community special events, skating rink, community meetings (eg. MPCC, MPCA, elected representatives), and community groups (eg. Scouts, Guides).
Once renovated, the community centre will continue to be space for recreational programming.
The vision of the MPCC is to see the building busy daily with participants of various ages. We would like to provide the best mix of programs to meet community needs.
Q: What happens to programming in the building during construction?
A: Programming regularly scheduling in the community centre will be temporarily relocated elsewhere in the community during construction.
Q: I have some ideas for recreational programs!
A: We want to hear your ideas for community program and services! Share your ideas by completing an online survey or email us. Those unable to access a computer, may visit the MPCC office to receive a paper copy of the survey.
When completing the survey, please consider what MPCC programs you and your family have enjoyed most, where programming gaps exist, and what age group(s) is underserved.
If you have a special talent to share as a program instructor – please consider offering your services to the MPCC.