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.

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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.

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Just Announced!

On Tuesday, April 27, 2021, Infrastructure Canada announced the awarding of an Infrastructure Canada grant to Manotick Culture Parks and Recreation Association for the Centennial Park Enhancement Project. The Government of Canada, with the Government of Ontario and the City of Ottawa, are investing in Centennial Park, amongst other City projects, through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. 

This $1M Centennial Park project is being funded by: Infrastructure Canada (federal and provincial funding), the Tomlinson Foundation, the City of Ottawa, private donations in memory of David Arntfield. and community fundraising.  It’s the collective effort of all partners that makes this exciting community park project feasible.

What Has Been Done to Date?

In July 2020 the Final Design for Phase 1, including a lit seasonal outdoor rink combined with a basketball court and related landscaping, was done by Fotenn Planning + Design.

 Construction for Phase 1 got underway in late September 2020 with the removal of the outdoor rink boards, re-grading, new granular for the basketball/outdoor rink area, de-commissioning and removal of the old light poles, and installation of the basketball base plates. 

Scheduled for May, 2021 - paving and marking for the new basketball courts, installation of the lighting standards, and completion of the Phase 1 landscaping.

What's Next?

With the confirmation of the Infrastructure Canada funding, MCPRA will be working with the City to:

·      Hire a Landscape Architect to manage the project

·      Acquire seasonal outdoor rink boards

·      Contract the design and construction of the skate /bike park area

·      Consult with the community to confirm the design

·      Construct the skate board /bike park area

·      Complete the landscape work for the gateway area

Completion of the Centennial Park Enhancement Project and the grand opening of the David Arntfield Recreation Area is scheduled for Fall 2022.  If you have questions about any aspect of the project, contact Anne Robinson at anne@annerobinson.ca.

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