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Upgrades coming to James Cockburn Park in Cobourg

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

COBOURG -- Cobourg council has voted to award a $166,358.06 contract (exclusive of HST) to Fidelity Engineering and Construction for work on upgrading James Cockburn Park.

"The total cost of the works to be funded by the Canada 150 CIP (Community Infrastructure Program) is $159,297 plus consulting fees, contingency allowance for construction, and taxes," according to the report from deputy director of public works Laurie Wills.

The project will include upgrades to the parking lot off Elgin Street West and the addition of 20 parking spaces, as well as a new full-size soccer pitch and a 400-metre trail connecting the parking lot with the pedestrian bridge near William Street.

As a long-time liaison to the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, who own that land (which was once known as the Cobourg Conservation Area), Councillor Forrest Rowden noted that they had encouraged the trail system in that park for quite some time.

Director of parks, recreation, culture and tourism Dean Hustwick offered some background, describing consultations with Cobourg Soccer and other bodies on how it could best be used, with an eye toward improvements to the soccer pitch, parking and trail system.

Recommendations that were provided proved to be beyond the scope of the funds available, Hustwick said, but they worked to come up with improvements that would be closer to the available budget. And they wanted to move on the tender, he said, because they want the project done by spring.

One other item in the contract is a $7,000 amount for six special water-tight manhole covers to service the sanitary sewer that runs through the park. Director of public works Barry Thrasher explained that the property is in a flood plain, and the current covers over the sanitary manholes admit too much water.