Bowring Park - What's next?

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Thanks to everyone for sharing your ideas. Contributions to this consultation are now closed. A Summary of What we Heard can be found in the document library.

Bowring Park’s origins date back to 1911, when the Bowring Brothers commemorated their 100th business anniversary in the province by giving the City of St. John's a 20-hectare recreational park. Today, Bowring Park is over 81 hectares with amenities such as: a fully accessible playground and splash pad; outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts; soccer pitch; skate park (skateboarding); man-made duck pond which is home to swans and ducks; conservatory; and walking trails along the Waterford and South Brook Rivers, which are part of the Grand Concourse.

In 2005, the Bowring Park Foundation and the City partnered on the development of a Bowring Park Master Plan which set out a series of recommendations for upgrading the Park. The plan allowed the City to move forward with a ten-year development strategy and assisted the Foundation to acquire funding for the implementation of specific projects.

Now that the majority of the recommendations have been implemented, the Foundation and the City want to talk to residents about “what’s next?" for Bowring Park.

Thanks to everyone for sharing your ideas. Contributions to this consultation are now closed. A Summary of What we Heard can be found in the document library.

Bowring Park’s origins date back to 1911, when the Bowring Brothers commemorated their 100th business anniversary in the province by giving the City of St. John's a 20-hectare recreational park. Today, Bowring Park is over 81 hectares with amenities such as: a fully accessible playground and splash pad; outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts; soccer pitch; skate park (skateboarding); man-made duck pond which is home to swans and ducks; conservatory; and walking trails along the Waterford and South Brook Rivers, which are part of the Grand Concourse.

In 2005, the Bowring Park Foundation and the City partnered on the development of a Bowring Park Master Plan which set out a series of recommendations for upgrading the Park. The plan allowed the City to move forward with a ten-year development strategy and assisted the Foundation to acquire funding for the implementation of specific projects.

Now that the majority of the recommendations have been implemented, the Foundation and the City want to talk to residents about “what’s next?" for Bowring Park.

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    Sledding

    by Sioban, over 2 years ago

    I have many fond childhood memories of tobogganing in Bowring Park during winter. I remember when the trains would go by and all the kids would run to the fence and count the cars. We would often aim our sleds and try to fly over the fence, some even succeeded!

    Wouldn't it be great if we implemented a small train that people could ride around the park? What an attraction that would be, great for families with small children and people with mobility issues to enjoy the scenery! Perhaps it could even generate funds for the park? 

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    I love Bowring Park in the winter.

    by Don Austin, over 2 years ago

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    The bungalow

    by Don Austin, over 2 years ago

    At one time my parents and I lived in Toronto. I had a good friend there who idolized my parents and always called them mom and dad. Eventually we moved back to St. John's, but I kept in touch with my friend in TO. One day I visited Bowring Park with my folks and took a picture of them standing on the steps of the Bungalow. I sent it to my friend and I guess I neglected to explain the location because he replied that my parents had a very beautiful house. He often promised that he would visit us... Continue reading

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