Centennial Park Enhancement Project
What is it?
An initiative led by Manotick Culture, Parks and Recreation Association (MCPRA) to enhance the northeast corner of Centennial Park, including the skateboard, outdoor rink/basketball, and gateway areas. This is close to a $1M project.
Where is it?
Centennial Park (5572 Dr. Leach Drive) is Manotick’s primary active recreational park and community gathering place. This 7 hectare (17+ acres) backdrop to the Mike O’Neil Arena and Manotick Community Centre currently includes facilities for tennis, pickleball, soccer, football, softball, outdoor skating, skateboarding, sledding (Manotick Mountain), along with a play structure and outdoor pavilion.
Who is Involved?
Representatives from the following groups sit on the Centennial Park Working Group, chaired by MCPRA:
Kiwanis Club of Manotick
Ottawa South Basketball Association
Youth of Manotick Association (YOMA)
Ottawa Skateboard Association
Manotick Village and Community Association (MVCA)
City of Ottawa, Parks and Facility Planning Services
After an extensive community consultation, a Concept Design for Centennial Park was completed in early 2019. Everyone agreed that Centennial Park was a ‘jewel’ to be protected and enhanced. Residents valued the Park’s complement of facilities/ recreational opportunities, village access, centrality, meeting spaces and park aesthetics (i.e. pathways, trees and gardens).
There was also consensus that the priority project for Centennial Park would be the enhancement of the ‘entrance’, including the skateboard, outdoor rink/basketball, and gateway areas.
Progress to Date?
To date, just over $60,000 has been raised toward the project, from Chic Time 2019, the Kiwanis Club of Manotick, and the David Arntfield Memorial Fund. In addition, in-kind services of about $100,000 have been committed from the Tomlinson Foundation, and another $150,000 committed from private donors. Community fundraising continues!
The Working Group worked with City staff and Landscape Architect, Doug Fountain, Fotenn Planning and Design, and McKee Engineering, to finalize the detailed design for Phase 1.
Construction commenced at the end of September 2020 and it’s anticipated that most of Phase 1 will be complete by December 2020.
For more information or questions, contact MCPRA Board Member, Derek Storie at