Kelvin Grove Park is now open after a month of construction on its new multi-sport field, and James W. Kerr Park will reopen soon to show off its new upgrades.
Kelvin Grove reopened on May 28 with four new pickleball courts and a combined basketball and ball hockey field available.
Over the next few weeks, Bracebridge Facilities Manager Will Crowe said construction at Kerr Park will end with the installation of four new tennis courts, one of which is lined with pickleball lines. He tells the MyMuskokaNow.com newsroom that the contractor is being delayed because he struggled to get asphalt on site, but says that issue should be resolved by the end of the week.
As part of the work at Kerr Park, a three-level hydration station will be installed, which will include a water fountain, bottle-filling station and dog bowl.
The Kelvin Grove and Kerr Park multisports ground will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Bracebridge Recreation Services Manager Trish Conley-Knight says city staff worked closely with the Bracebridge Tennis Club for the work at Kerr Park. With the Kelvin Grove courts having been reassigned, the club agreed to move to Kerr Park earlier this year. She adds that the consultation work dates back to 2019 with comments from the public showing that pickleball, basketball and ball hockey were the most popular choices for what to do with the old Kelvin Grove tennis courts. A mini-putt course and space for the BMX bike was also high on the community’s priority list, according to Conley-Knight. She did not say whether it was planned in the future to integrate these two activities in one or the other of the parks.
Bourassa Sport Technologie carried out the work at Kelvin Grove and Kerr Parks, which cost $ 83,000 for the first and $ 90,000 for the second.