MPCA delivered the letter below to residents who live on or across from the park. It provides more information about the proposed berm. We hope you can come out on June 10 th , find out more about this project and let us know what you think.

4 06 2018

To McKellar Park residents:
As a follow-up to our letter to McKellar Park residents in February, we would like to provide you with updated information about the proposed landscaped berm in the southeast corner of the park, in front of the existing trees.
In our earlier letter we wanted to inform neighbours about the proposed berm and get their feedback.
This letter will give people in the area of the park some information about the feedback we have gotten so far, and about the next steps.
The proposed berm project is still at a very preliminary stage. The feedback to date has been quite positive, but some residents raised concerns that we would like to address.
We asked a City Parks and Facilities Planner how to address these concerns. We found their comment, which follows below, quite useful and we wanted to share it with you.
The proposed berm will be sited and designed to stay outside the critical root zones (CRZ) of any existing trees. It would be best to avoid placing fill in the CRZ to ensure there will be no impact on the health of the trees. The CRZ is defined by the drip edges of the tree canopies. You will note that the berm is located outside of these edges. In any case, the City’s Forestry Services will review the proposed berm plan and provide additional recommendations to avoid any tree impacts.
Proximity to the Street
The closest point from the bottom of the berm to Windermere Avenue will be 15 m (50 ft.). That is a considerable distance that cannot be covered by a sled going down the wrong side of a short 3:1 berm slope. As a result, a fence on the back slope of the berm should not be needed.
While there are already a number of mature trees between the proposed berm and the street, we could plant some additional deciduous/coniferous trees or shrubs on the back slope of the berm to further discourage sliding in that direction. This would have an added benefit of greening and screening the berm over time for the neighbours.
June 1, 2018

The berm will be located and graded to ensure no water will be trapped or directed to the street. A survey of existing grades in that area of the park will be completed and used as a base plan for the design of the berm. The new grades will work with the existing drainage and direct water away from the street and private property.
Our Plans for the Project
The berm project is still in its infancy, but we wanted you to know where our thinking is at this point.
We will be holding an open meeting at the McKellar Park Fieldhouse on June 10th, from 7 pm to discuss the berm project with the community.
We will have initial design plans and project information on hand at the meeting so people can get a more concrete idea of what we are proposing.
This is an opportunity for the community to come out and ask questions, raise concerns and to show their support for the berm proposal.
Our advice from City planners is that the project would likely cost about $15,000 to complete, and if there is enough support in the community, we would move forward with an application for a City matching grant later this year.
We hope to see you on June 10th. If you are unable to attend the June 10th meeting, or wish to express your support for the project, or to raise any concerns not covered above, please write to us at
Sybil Powell
President, McKellar Park Community Association.