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?
In March, 2019, MCPRA submitted a Community Partnership grant application to the City of Ottawa. In November 2019 City Council awarded $125,000 toward the Centennial Park Enhancement Project, with the community to match these funds.
With the goal of leveraging the City and community’s investment, MCPRA also applied for an Infrastructure Canada grant, that requires both provincial and federal approval; MCPRA hopes to hear in late 2020 whether the application is successful.
To date, just over $25,000 has been raised toward the project, principally from Chic Time 2019 and the Dave Arntfield Memorial Fund. In addition, in-kind services of about $100,000 have been committed from the Tomlinson Foundation. Chic Time 2020 (April 24) funds are going toward the CP project, so get your tickets now! Shiverfest Trivia Contest funds (January 25, 2020) are also being dedicated to the enhancement effort. Community fundraising continues!
The Working Group is currently collaborating with City staff and Landscape Architect, Doug Fountain, Fotenn Planning and Design, to finalize the detailed design to be ‘shovel ready’ by spring 2020.
See the current ‘work-in-progress’ preliminary design of January 14, 2020.
For more information or questions, contact MCPRA Board Member, Derek Storie at
See the following background documents: