Gordie Howe International Bridge Provides Funding Boost For McKee Park Redevelopment

Thursday January 27th, 2022

Posted at 11:42am

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McKee Park in Sandwich Town will be undergoing a significant redevelopment project this year.

The park will receive an estimated $400,000 upgrade, with $150,000 allocated from the City’s capital budget, another $50,000 coming from ward funds, and a $200,000 contribution from the Gordie Howe International Bridge Community Benefit Plan.

 The Gordie Howe International Bridge funding is part of the project Community Benefits Plan. It will help install a new pathway to enter the park, a new boardwalk made of recycled plastics, a gazebo and trail lights.

The McKee Park enhancements planned as part of this project include the following:

  • Phase 1 – Boardwalk and gazebo installation
  • Phase 2 – Trails, lighting, silos and benches
  • Phase 3 – Playground installation

The first two phases of McKee Park project begin in March and will run consecutively, with expected completion by fall 2022.

By the end of 2022, a new accessible large playground is planned to be installed at McKee Park, funded separately as part of the previously announced $9.4-million Playground Rehabilitation Program.

“McKee Park is a well-used park in Sandwich Town for residents in the nearby neighbourhoods and for many across the region who enjoy boating and fishing. One of the unique features and benefits of McKee Park is its connection to the water along with the boat ramp that is regularly used. As a result, protecting the shoreline is critically important so that we can enjoy other features of the park, including the boardwalk, playground, trails and other amenities. We are fortunate to partner with Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority on this project and further grateful for their investments in Sandwich Town through the Community Benefits Fund. This partnership has shown and continues to show real results for residents throughout the west end and beyond,” said Ward 2 Councillor Fabio Costante.

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