Beginning this summer the Centennial Park will begin to take shape.
Stated in a press release the engineering staff are working closely with the contractor to minimize the impact on park-goers; however, a number of areas in the park will need to be closed to safely and efficiently complete the work. The information below details what will be open and closed in the park this spring and summer.
The general open areas of the park will remain closed May through July. It will reopen immediately before Kempenfest in the first week of August. Kempenfest takes place August 5 to 7.
The new pedestrian bridge crossing of Dyment’s Creek will be completed by the end of July. The marina boat launch access will be closed Mon – Fri from May 8 to June 2, but open on weekends. The Tiffin boat launch will remain open during this time. The existing shared use pedestrian and cycling trail will remain open. The new pedestrian path is expected to open in August. Centennial Beach will remain open with access from the north end and from the washroom building. The washrooms will remain open. The playground will remain closed until the new boardwalk is complete at the end of May. People are asked to respect the fencing and barricades—it is there for safety. The playground will open evenings and weekends in June and July. Playground access for June/July will be via the beach and boardwalk only.
“This we believe will better provide convenience to the people of Barrie,” Mayor Jeff Lehman said. “We hope the construction moves at a timely and non-hectic manner.”
The reconstruction of Dyment’s Creek channel west of Lakeshore Drive is largely complete. A new trail and landscaping work will be completed from May through July. Shoreline reconstruction on the south side of Dyment’s Creek adjacent to the South Centennial parking lot will be undertaken from June through July.