Boyce-Gyro Parking and Park Improvements
Construction of a permanent, approximately 132 stall parking and informal drop-off area for Boyce-Gyro Park is planned this year on part of the site currently being used as a temporary gravel parking lot.
The more efficient parking created by this project will also allow for reclamation of park space from the existing parking in Boyce-Gyro, across from Swordy Road, for recreational use.
The City purchased the property in 2006 for $2.95 million. At the time of acquisition, the lands were used as a mobile home park. Significant funding was further invested to relocate the trailers to provide an interim parking area for the park.
In 2008, the City began to explore redevelopment options for the land with the adjacent land owner with the City’s interests in providing a permanent parking solution for Boyce-Gyro Park and supporting substantial mixed-use development for the neighborhood to increase the vibrancy of the park space year-round and support the growing town centre.
The City-owned property was subdivided in 2017 with the north portion sold to establish a residential and commercial mixed-use development. Proceeds from the sale of this property will be invested into permanent parking and overall park improvements with minimal use of taxation funding. This development will animate both the park and Lakeshore Road and provide residential development consistent with City planning objectives for the South Pandosy neighbourhood.
A concept design and other planning information was presented to the public during an information session in May 2017.
In 2008, the City established a gravel parking lot under a temporary use permit to support the parking requirements for Boyce-Gyro park. The temporary use permit for this 120 stall parking lot expired in 2015.
Construction of the permanent, approximately 127 stall parking area at the north end of the park creates enough parking spots to meet demand for the park based on 2016 occupancy counts.
This newly designed lot will create more efficient parking and enough stalls to meet demand, allowing for reclamation of the parking lot currently in the centre of the park (across from Swordy Road).
As this is a parking area for a high profile waterfront park, consideration has been given to appropriate landscaping treatments, which will include trees to reduce heat island effect and provide shade, as well as planted bio-swales.
The approximately 127 stall parking area would be rezoned to Park (P3 designation), increasing the amount of land identified as future parkland in the Official Community Plan and meeting the parking requirements of Boyce-Gyro Park.
The reclamation of the parking lot currently in the centre of the park (across from Swordy Road) will be reclaimed as recreational space, with two additional volleyball courts and table tennis anticipated.
A new access road between the parking and mixed-used development will allow for the closure of Watt Road at Lakeshore Road to improve both vehicle and active transportation routes. An informal drop-off area for the park will also be included in the new design.
Closure of Watt Road and the provision of access through the City-owned land will improve both vehicle and multi-modal transportation routes.
Pedestrian and cyclist transportation upgrades to both Watt Road and Lakeshore Road, fronting the property at 3326 Lakeshore Road, will be completed as part of the parking lot improvements.
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