Revitalization of Centennial Park and Marina
Centennial Park and Centennial Marina (formerly known as Lord Reading property) are magnificent spaces that comprise Beaconsfield’s largest public green space with waterfront access, as well as being home to Centennial Hall.
Over the past 30 years, the citizens of Beaconsfield have registered comments, complaints, suggestions and ideas about how we can better utilize these hidden gems on our doorstep.
In response to these growing voices, the City has conducted a series of activities to determine how the space can be best used for the benefit of the community:
- In 2015, a Citizen’s Forum was held, which identified the refurbishment of Centennial Park and its building as the number one priority for Culture and Leisure facilities.
- Also in 2015, a Culture and Leisure Study was conducted, which uncovered the popularity of the Library (more popular than the Recreation Centre!), the imbalance between cultural and recreational activities, and the underserved need for cultural services offered to residents due to the issues facing the municipal facilities.
- In 2016, the City’s Committee on Land Use Planning and Evolving Housing Needs determined that the Centennial Marina should be integrated into Centennial Park and be redesigned for public use.
- In 2018, a Building Audit of Centennial Hall and the Marina buildings was conducted, which found that the cost of repairs and work to meet building standards exceeded the value of each building.
- In 2019, the Reimagining SPACE public consultations were held to collect ideas and needs, and to define a vision for Centennial Park and Centennial Marina. Almost 200 citizens participated in the process that led to 11 major recommendations, one of which is to build a new Multipurpose Cultural Centre to serve every member of our community and to become a central hub for our community to better appreciate this unique waterfront space.
- Finally, in 2021 a Functional and Technical Analysis was conducted to identify what a new multipurpose cultural centre will need to offer and how it can best be designed to serve the community’s needs that have been identified since 2015.