EDA was retained by the City of Lloydminster’s to formulate a Redevelopment Master Plan for their prized showcase Park. The purpose of the plan was to provide the City with a vision and strategy for the upgrading of the park to meet the current and forecasted needs of the users. Community and stakeholder input were paramount in developing the vision and eventually the Redevelopment Master Plan for the park. A series of conceptual options were developed for the park which balanced the needs of park users with environmental and other site considerations. The conceptual options were refined into a single plan based on input from the Project Steering Committee.
EDA developed a number of planning and design recommendations for the rejuvenation of the main lake-front activity area adjacent the Park Centre at Lloydminster’s Bud Miller Park. The recommendations explored a range of options that looked at possible building expansion, a new water playground, an accessible dry playground addition as well as numerous site upgrades. Phase 1 implementation of these upgrades focused on the Water Playground, lakefront plazas and pedestrian connections.
PHASE 1 – WATER PLAYGROUND, ACCESSIBLE PARK, PLAZAS AND CONNECTIONS
The original water playground, which was designed by EDA back in the 80’s was also decommissioned as part of the implementation package. The new water playground was designed as a re-circulating system with water storage and chemical treatment, a system with the ability to be converted to a flow-thru system. Over 20 different spray activities were incorporated into a surface area of over 500m2 including overhead, low toys, and ground sprays, with a central focus toy that incorporates both water and sound. The entire play experience is on a programmable circuit activated by the users.
The circular play surface is surrounded by a concrete seat-wall that allows an interactive viewing opportunity while controlling access. Because Bud Miller is an all season park, the design looked beyond the waterplay component itself and considered the context within the park beyond the summer months with the incorporation of a number of pedestrian connections and activity areas including a 300m2 reception plaza, an 80m2 lake-front plaza, and a 250m2 recognition plaza where plaques can be added over time recognizing those who make contributions to the success of the park. Commissioned in 2014, the Bud Miller Park Waterpark continues to be a favorite summer destination for children and families throughout the City of Lloydminster and surrounding areas. The total construction value for phase 1 was 1.8 million dollars.