Harrison Park Master Plan

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In 2002, the City conducted an overall review of Harrison Park’s planning and overall condition of the park’s infrastructure. The purpose of the study was to identify areas of the park that required immediate or long-term planning and provide a list of actions to address these areas.

The 2002 study was conducted through many conversations with groups and individuals. The plan looked at the park in 8 areas and actions were developed for each of these areas based on the issues that had been identified.

The study also provided global recommendations for Harrison Park which included conducting projects that would address some of the issues observed and improve the operation of the park including:

  • Youth activity area;

  • Children’s play area;

  • Hard surface plaza for events;

  • Portable stage for concerts/ events;

  • Traffic circulation; and,

  • Infrastructure (utilities, water, sewer, electrical)

A master plan is an invaluable tool to ensure the seamless continuity of service delivery to the community and guide decision-makers in ensuring Harrison Park continues to meet the needs of residents and visitors. A master plan guides decisions on the Operating and Capital budget and ensures that the Park continues to meet the expectations of residents and visitors to the community.

To ensure plans remain relevant, it is a best practice to refresh and renew plans a minimum of every 10 years. The timeline for review is sometimes extended based on the timing of the implementation of the previous plan.

The Harrison Park Master Plan is now 21 years old. Many of the recommendations have been implemented since it was adopted, and it is an appropriate time to undertake a process to deliver a new Harrison Park Master Plan.

The 2023 Harrison Park Master Plan process is being conducted in-house using existing staff resources. A consultant will be retained to assist with the detailed recommendations around the bird sanctuary and waterfowl area.

Harrison Park is located within the valley area of the City on the Sydenham River in the southeast end of Owen Sound. Harrison Park is the largest park in the City of Owen Sound and the only regional park consisting of over 61 hectares of land (151 acres). In 1912, the City acquired that Park from John Harrison for $5,000. The money paid by the City reflected half of the estimated value of the lands at that time. The transfer from the Harrison Family to the City followed one and a half years of negotiation and real estate process.

Harrison Park is the largest park in the City of Owen Sound consisting of 45 hectares of land equalling almost 2% of the City’s total land area. Harrison Park was designated as a Cultural Heritage Landscape in 2013.

The Park is unique and has a complex combination of active and passive recreation areas. The Park is divided into nine functional areas:

1. West Park Entry;

2. West Woodland and Escarpment Lands;

3. Island and Pleasure Grounds;

4. Inn, Good Cheer Rink and Bandshell area

5. Community Hall, Court, Upper Meadow and Pool Area;

6. Campground Area;

7. Bird area and Parks Operations Yard;

8. The Mile Drive; and,

9. Toboggan Hill, Commemorative Forest Grove, Fitness Trail and Northeast Woodland;

In 2002, the City conducted an overall review of Harrison Park’s planning and overall condition of the park’s infrastructure. The purpose of the study was to identify areas of the park that required immediate or long-term planning and provide a list of actions to address these areas.

The 2002 study was conducted through many conversations with groups and individuals. The plan looked at the park in 8 areas and actions were developed for each of these areas based on the issues that had been identified.

The study also provided global recommendations for Harrison Park which included conducting projects that would address some of the issues observed and improve the operation of the park including:

  • Youth activity area;

  • Children’s play area;

  • Hard surface plaza for events;

  • Portable stage for concerts/ events;

  • Traffic circulation; and,

  • Infrastructure (utilities, water, sewer, electrical)

A master plan is an invaluable tool to ensure the seamless continuity of service delivery to the community and guide decision-makers in ensuring Harrison Park continues to meet the needs of residents and visitors. A master plan guides decisions on the Operating and Capital budget and ensures that the Park continues to meet the expectations of residents and visitors to the community.

To ensure plans remain relevant, it is a best practice to refresh and renew plans a minimum of every 10 years. The timeline for review is sometimes extended based on the timing of the implementation of the previous plan.

The Harrison Park Master Plan is now 21 years old. Many of the recommendations have been implemented since it was adopted, and it is an appropriate time to undertake a process to deliver a new Harrison Park Master Plan.

The 2023 Harrison Park Master Plan process is being conducted in-house using existing staff resources. A consultant will be retained to assist with the detailed recommendations around the bird sanctuary and waterfowl area.

Harrison Park is located within the valley area of the City on the Sydenham River in the southeast end of Owen Sound. Harrison Park is the largest park in the City of Owen Sound and the only regional park consisting of over 61 hectares of land (151 acres). In 1912, the City acquired that Park from John Harrison for $5,000. The money paid by the City reflected half of the estimated value of the lands at that time. The transfer from the Harrison Family to the City followed one and a half years of negotiation and real estate process.

Harrison Park is the largest park in the City of Owen Sound consisting of 45 hectares of land equalling almost 2% of the City’s total land area. Harrison Park was designated as a Cultural Heritage Landscape in 2013.

The Park is unique and has a complex combination of active and passive recreation areas. The Park is divided into nine functional areas:

1. West Park Entry;

2. West Woodland and Escarpment Lands;

3. Island and Pleasure Grounds;

4. Inn, Good Cheer Rink and Bandshell area

5. Community Hall, Court, Upper Meadow and Pool Area;

6. Campground Area;

7. Bird area and Parks Operations Yard;

8. The Mile Drive; and,

9. Toboggan Hill, Commemorative Forest Grove, Fitness Trail and Northeast Woodland;

Questions respecting Harrison Park Master Plan

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    There is a rumour going around about plans to close of the founder's home to make it into a B&B. Is this correct? If so, where do you plan to relocate the Senior activities?

    Linda asked 25 days ago

    Thank you for your question.  The Harrison Park Master Plan was approved at Council on May 27, 2024.  The final Master Plan document is available on the City's website here.

    Please see section 9.4 (page 40) and Recommendation IRMB-OM-008: Work with the Harrison Park Seniors Group to coordinate an amalgamation with the McQuay Tannery/Bayshore groups.  Repurposing the Seniors building based on a report and business case to another use.

    This is identified as a medium-term priority.  

Page last updated: 28 May 2024, 01:54 PM