Council Requests Proposals for Hespeler Park

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Niverville's town council is looking to redevelop this section of Hespeler Park Joey Villaneuva

Niverville’s town council is seeking proposals for a new playground in Hespeler Park, as announced on August 25. The proposed new park feature will be located west of the splash pad, where the current set of swings can be found. The area will run along the soccer field to the newly planted tree line, forming approximately one acre of green space. 

The town is looking for a qualified person or organization to consult and work with council, staff, and residents in the development of the site.

“It is the goal that this new playground will provide Niverville and the surrounding area a one-of-a-kind playground destination to further develop Niverville’s position as an urban hub in southeastern Manitoba,” reads the request for proposal. 

The town envisions that whoever delivers the winning bid will introduce key personnel and design objectives, survey the lot, provide a conceptual design and drawings, host an open house to receive feedback from residents, hold meetings with staff and council, and provide costing for construction.

The deadline for proposals is September 11, offering an unusually short window of time. The reason for the quick turnaround is that the provincial government announced in mid-August that funding would be available for this type of community development program. The programs targeted should focus on accessibility, reduce barriers for Manitobans, and provide greenspace, opportunities for active transportation (such as trails and walkways), and help newcomers get more involved in their communities.

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