$2.2 Million Spent To Revitalize Forest Glade Optimist Park

Friday June 4th, 2021

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The City of Windsor will spend $2.2 million on Forest Glade Optimist Park by the time improvements to its sports and recreation facilities are completed.

Construction gets underway this September to install new pickleball courts and upgrade some of the existing tennis courts with premium surface. This parks improvement project is valued at $800,000.

“Council is committed to prioritizing investments that continuously raise the quality of life for Windsor families and individuals,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “The new and improved facilities at Forest Glade Optimist Park will provide safe, fun and accessible amenities to meet the diverse sports and recreation needs of our community for years to come.”

In 2018 $250,000 was spent on the addition of two basketball courts and a multi-purpose sports court featuring specialized tile surface and 2020, $750,000 was invested to build a new splash pad and accessible washrooms that are expected to open to the public in summer 2021, pending public health measures related to the pandemic.

Also in 2021, the park will undergo work to install new replacement lighting throughout, new catch basins to reduce flooding and a final layer of new asphalt to the parking lot valued at about $450,000.

An online survey is now open to collect residents’ ideas and feedback about the preferred custom features to help make the new Forest Glade Optimist Park pickleball courts accessible to all. Responses will be used to inform the final design of this new amenity, which will be the first dedicated pickleball courts in the city. The survey will be open at the link above or at CityWindsor.ca until June 25th, 2021.

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