It seems like it’s been years in the making, and in reality it has been, but the College Park progress is now starting to come together with the early elements in place. The public park amongst The Residences of College Park, The Liberties and Aura has been a waste-land of sorts until serious construction began in late summer 2016 to demolish, excavate and dig down to the original base level of the park in order to replace the waterproof membrane that acts as the ceiling to the parking garage below. This membrane has a limited lifespan, so is due to be replaced approximately every 30 years, so this park revitalization was foreseen for some time now. And since the new membrane will have a similar lifespan, we can anticipate that this current park design will also only have a shelf-life of the same amount of time before another new iteration appears in a few decades. It’s unfortunate for anyone wanting mature trees to take root (since they would all be removed), but it is good for the re-invisioning of a park space to get a full facelift on a recurring basis.
What’s changed in the College Park progress most recently is the near completion of the ground level portions and the start of construction of the small skating shelter structure on the site. This building will act as the hub for the skating trail that will circle around the park in the winter months, providing a rest spot and area for strapping on skates.
The park is anticipated to be complete by the end of the summer season of 2017, which means we’ll miss out on the warm weather enjoyment, but should hopefully get to experience the skating trail by next winter! Hopefully the advent of snow and cold weather doesn’t stop the College Park progress in its tracks!