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To increase the amount of greenspace in Riversdale, a small neighbourhood park has been designed to be located immediately north of the electrical substation. The existing electric substation will be
landscaped and fenced to help alleviate noise and improve the visual
The consultation process for the new pocket park and mitigation of the electrical substation began on October 27, 2006, with a stakeholder meeting (including representatives of the Riversdale Community and School Association, the Meewasin Valley Authority, the Farmers’ Market, the Riversdale Business Improvement District, and the White Buffalo Youth Lodge). Subsequently a public open house was held on November 15, 2006 at Princess Alexandra School. Citizens were given an opportunity to provide valuable input at an early stage of the development. Additional consultation was held with the Grade 4/5 and 6/7 classes at Princess Alexandra School. The common consensus throughout the consultation process was a desire to see a passive park that complements the adjacent Farmers’ Market and its events, and includes such amenities as children’s play structures, walkways, green space and a central meeting place. They felt that the park should recognize the ethnic diversity of the neighbourhood. Citizens also stressed the importance of safety and security, with the maintenance of clear sightlines, open layout, and adequate park lighting. Based on the input from the public and civic consultations, UMA has developed a conceptual design.
A public open house was held on Wednesday, February 28, 2007, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Princess Alexandra School, 210 Avenue H South, to present the plan to the public.
The park development includes ample green space, trees, pathways and lighting, park furniture, and play structures. Additional landscape treatment (walls, fencing, low berms, and plantings) will provide visual screening, sound attenuation, and aesthetic improvements to the perimeter of substation. Substation access and security are also critical components of the perimeter treatment.
Isinger Park opened to the public in August 2009.
Last updated November 16, 2009