Urban Oasis

ARTS & CULTURE DISTRICT

25. SHARED ACCESS ROUTE - combined pedestrian and vehicle mall, slow speeds, traffic calming, special paving, tree lined, lighting
26. SPECIAL STUDY AREA* - potential adventure playground
27. MINORU GATE PARK ENTRY - improved pedestrian/bike route, art elements, tree lined
28. COVERED EVENT SPACE - oriented to northwest, sound and power
29. ARTS & CULTURE HUB - open plaza space around existing trees, seating

*Special Study Area: 
The future uses for the existing Minoru Aquatic Centre and Minoru Place Activity Centre sites are being studied through a separate, concurrent process. The outcomes of that study will be incorporated into the Minoru Park Vision Plan. These options consider high-level preliminary program alternatives for the Special Study Area.

LAKES DISTRICT

1. PARK ENTRY PEDESTRIAN PLAZA
views to water, trees, wayfinding, seating
2. MINORU LAKE HOUSE & LAKES HUB
restrooms, restaurant, covered plaza, lawn bowling clubhouse
3. IMPROVED PARK ENTRY
new street, walkways, street trees, parking lot
4. LAWN BOWLING
south green moved to be next to clubhouse
5. TERRACED “HEAD WATERS” FEATURE
cascade, art feature
6. POND WALKWAY - through pond, feature lighting
7. THERAPEUTIC GARDENS
raised planting beds, pathways, intimate outdoor spaces
8. POND SEATING AREAS - decks over pond
9. THE ISLAND
grass lawn area, surrounding canal, central feature
10. PLAY FOREST
winding pathways, play features, discovery spaces, outdoor classroom, art elements, berm and overhead bridge
11. WATER CHANNEL
following main pathway, lighting
12. GATEWAY PLAZA
strong connections to lakes pathways
13. CANAL BRIDGE
feature bridge overlooking canal and channel
14. FITNESS CIRCUIT START
workout stations, 400 m loop
15. PEDESTRIAN MALL
key connection from future greenway and park entry to pond

ACTIVE LIVING DISTRICT

16. A PLACE TO SPEND THE DAY
food kiosk, restrooms, seating plaza, playground, ping pong, basketball, cricket spectator area
17. PICNIC AREAS - group picnic shelter, picnic tables
18. EXISTING HERITAGE TREES
heritage racetrack trees maintained, interpretive information
19. CRICKET PITCH & GREAT LAWN
cricket, picnics, frisbee, movies in the park
20. FOREST AREA
existing trees maintained, seating, quiet areas
21. SPORTS HUB - restrooms, storage, caretaker’s facility, lookout seating
22. CONVERTED COURTS
existing tennis courts lined for pickleball, basketball
23. PARKADE & ROOFTOP TENNIS FACILITIES
replaces surface parking, new tennis clubhouse
24. EXISTING GRANDSTAND
improved pedestrian circulation, new covered stretching area

Inspiration

Nature in the City follows the form and flow of nature, weaving and intertwining park elements and providing opportunities for delight and discovery as you meander through winding pathways.

LAKES DISTRICT

In the Urban Oasis concept, the lake are is reduced in size to create more space for trees, natural areas, and exploration. The pedestrian entry from Westminster Hwy becomes a feature, with high-quality paving, trees, and views to the lake. A treed plaza greets people with places to sit and enjoy views over the lake or visit the Minoru Lake House, home to a feature restaurant, restrooms and the Lawn Bowling Clubhouse.

Visitors can choose to meander around the lake, or walk out over the water to visit “the Island” which beckons people with art, sunny lawn area, and a surrounding canal.

From the south end of the lake, a water channel follows the main pathway, before entering the improved canal.Tucked into wooded areas between the lake and the canal, visitors find themselves in a meandering series of discovery trails that lead to art features, play activities, and secret gardens.

Strong pathway connections encourage people to extend their lake visit to the Gateway Theatre and Minoru Chapel to explore gardens and an improved Gateway Plaza.

 

ACTIVE LIVING DISTRICT

The Active Living District maintains existing fields and courts. The cricket pitch becomes a central organizing feature, doubling as a green space for picnics and community activities like movies in the park. 

North of the cricket pitch, a central plaza provides a kiosk with food and restrooms, activities like basketball and ping pong, the starting point to the forest discovery trails, a 400 m fitness loop, and picnic options including a group shelter, tables, and lawn areas. Seating provides opportunities to take in a cricket match, grab some lunch, or enjoy a sunny day. 

The existing track and field throwing facilities remain and a new active living hub is created north of Clement Track to house storage, caretaker’s facilities, lookout seating, and washrooms.

The existing tennis court functions are expanded with conversion of two courts to support pickleball and basketball. The Tennis Club courts and new clubhouse are elevated above a parking garage, reducing surface parking requirements and creating opportunities for enhanced pedestrian routes and green spaces.

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ARTS & CULTURE DISTRICT

The Arts & Culture District continues to be a community destination. A new Arts & Culture Hub is established in the Cultural Centre Plaza with a large covered event space and stage for celebrations.

The existing treed area in the southeast remains, with hardscape plaza flowing in and around the trees, and quiet seating areas in dappled shade provide spaces for rest and relaxation.

The existing parking lots remain with the east-west vehicle drive between the Cultural Centre Plaza and Clement Track converted from a road to a shared pedestrian, cycling, and vehicle route that includes traffic calming, trees, and feature paving that encourages the space to be shared equally and safely.

The Special Study Area, being planned through a concurrent process, is considered for a new adventure playground with adjacent surface parking and enhanced pedestrian circulation.