New Ideas for Topaz Park – ready for community input!
The design concepts for Topaz Park are based on the results of the first phase of public engagement, current site conditions, and direction from Victoria’s Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan. Each concept offers a mix of park activities and features for you to consider. Your feedback will help determine which elements should be included in a final Park Improvement Plan for Topaz Park.
Tell us what you think! Online survey is available until January 28:
Topaz Park: Future Park Improvements Survey
Download a higher resolution version of the design concepts:
Topaz Park is located in the Hillside Quadra neighbourhood between Topaz Avenue and Finlayson Street, along Blanshard Street. It is Victoria's third largest park and includes a variety of sport and community features, including an artificial turf field and a lacrosse box.
- Four sport fields - including one artificial turf field
- Lacrosse box
- Dog off-leash areas
- Unprogrammed green space
- Natural areas
- Fitness equipment
To book a sports field, or find out a field's current condition, click here.
Recent Soccer Field and Baseball Diamond Improvements
Improvements to the Topaz Park soccer field and baseball diamond located at the corner of Topaz Avenue and Blanshard Street were completed in summer 2016. The improvements were part of a program to upgrade and maintain quality sports fields, to provide a safer and more enjoyable playing surface for everyone.
Have Your Say: Topaz Park Improvement Plan
In 2017, the City will work with the community to create a park improvement plan for Topaz Park. The plan will be informed by community input on the current use of the park and desires for future investment, as well as by the Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan.
In 2016, Council decided to develop a Park Improvement Plan for Topaz Park, outlining both short and long term goals, by the end of December 2017.
What informed the decision?
The park facilities are in various stages of their life expectancy. The City wants to hear from residents that use Topaz Park, to understand what you currently enjoy, what you would love to see improved and what new activities or features you would be most interested in. This information will help set the vision for the future of Topaz Park and priorities for future improvements.
Topaz Park is Victoria's third largest park, and hosts a variety of sport and community events each year. Located in the Hillside Quadra neighbourhood (between Topaz Avenue and Finlayson Street), it prides itself as being the main active recreation park in Victoria.
It is home to the City’s only artificial field, Victoria’s only outdoor lacrosse box, three grass sports fields (used for baseball (slo pitch), soccer, lacrosse, cross country, rugby, and special events), two dog off-leash areas, fitness equipment and a playground. The park includes two public washrooms, a natural area and three surface parking lots. The park also previously included three tennis courts.
There will be three rounds of community consultation:
- Phase 1: Complete: This May and June, tell us what you love about Topaz Park, what you’d love to change and what your priorities are for future improvements. Based on what was heard, staff will create 2-3 concepts to share with the community.
- Phase two: Winter 2017: Share your feedback on the 2-3 concepts. Based on what was heard, staff will then prepare a preferred concept based on feedback.
- Phase 3: Early 2018: Community check in: Take final improvement concept back to the community for one more round of feedback.
Staff will then report to Council this winter. Short term park improvements could begin in 2018.
What is the level of community involvement?
This engagement process will aim to be at the “Involve” level.
Goal: To work directly with the public throughout the process to ensure that public concerns and aspirations are consistently understood and considered.
How your input will be used:
To inform short and long term improvements to Topaz Park as part of the Park Improvement Plan.
We look forward to connecting with you soon!
If you have any questions about this engagement process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.