The park is now open to the public. It has been implemented as per the master plan approved by Council below. This includes boundary demarcation, grading and drainage designs that keep various options open for the farmhouse parcel, including severance or retention, pending a Council decision on the matter. Please see the Wilson Farmhouse section below for further information about the farm house parcel.Wilson Farm Park location map
Wilson Farm Park is located at 80 Simmonds Drive in the Northern Heights Subdivision at the north end of the City and has street frontages on Simmonds Drive, Kinlock Street, Webster Street, and Ingram Drive. (See location map above). The parkland has an approximate area of 1.57 hectares (3.88 acres) and has been zoned as a Neighbourhood Park (P.2 Zone). The park name, recently approved by Council, refers to the first owner of the land, one of Guelph’s original settlers.Wilson Farm Park Master plan
The City Council - approved park master plan includes the following elements:
- Children’s Play Area with Junior and Senior Play Structures and Swings
- Shade Structure
- Unlit Multi-purpose Sports Field (available for bookings)
- Winter Ice Rink / Mown Grass Area for Informal Play
- Deciduous and Coniferous Plantings
- Site Furniture: Benches, Garbage Receptacles and Bike Rack
- Park Identification Sign
Following a July 2011 Council resolution (below), staff placed the park implementation process on hold. An Information Report in February 2012 advised Council of a delay in the Wilson Farmhouse re-use process and the staff intention to continue the park implementation process so the park could be constructed in 2012.
The approximate locations of existing and proposed multi-use recreational trails in the neighbourhood are shown on the Location Map. These were approved by City Council as part of the Guelph Trail Master Plan. The trail from Simmonds Drive to the Speed River Trail is largely complete, with some finishing work to occur in 2013. The connection from this trail to the stormwater management area and some repairs to the Speed River Trail will be completed at the same time. Future trails will be implemented when funding is available.
On November 5, 2012, the City received the report and recommendation of the Conservation Review Board for 80 Simmonds Drive, recommending that Council proceed with the designation of the property under Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act.