A well-travelled yet unofficial dirt path through St. Paul’s Park in Overbrook is set to get some tender loving care from Tobi Nussbaum.
The Rideau-Rockcliffe councillor is looking to fund the construction of a new multi-use path through the park to replace a muddy walkway that has formed organically over the years.
“It’s about connectivity,” he told Metroland Media in an interview.
“It’s about giving people a safe way to move in the ward and it’s also about improving the park facilities.”
The unofficial path has served as a connection between Donald Street to the south and Moorvale Street to the north, which intersects McArther Avenue.
The park is home to a play structure, a wading pool in the summer, as well as a skating rink during winter months.
“It’s a nice place to hang out year round,” Nussbaum said.
“We just want to make sure people have a better opportunity to access and use these facilities.”
Nussbaum said the path was brought to his attention through discussions with the Overbrook Community Association. He visited the path in the spring and figured a formal pathway was needed.
“It gets a little treacherous,” he said. “It’s a fairly narrow path.”
The plan includes widening the path, paving it and developing park entranceways that are more welcoming, Nussbaum said.
The new 200-metre path will likely cost between $50,000 and $100,000 and will be funded through Nussbaum’s cash-in-lieu of parkland funds – a pot of money each councillor has to spend on parks in their ward.
The councillor has worked with city staff to come up with a preliminary design for the pathway and is holding a community consultation to get feedback on Feb. 8 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 at Heartwood House, 400 McArthur Ave.