Ed Broadbent will join members of the Oshawa city council for the official ground-breaking of Ed Broadbent Waterfront Park on May 31.
In September 2019, City Council approved the naming of the park to recognize the many contributions Broadbent has made to public service and Oshawa and his commitment to the residents, workers and businesses of Oshawa.
Plans for the park include a Human Rights Garden in recognition of Broadbent as a champion and advocate for human rights, as well as passive recreational areas.
Dr. Blake Parkette opening
Members of Dr. Blake’s family and members of council will celebrate the opening of Dr. Blake Parkette on June 10.
Incorporating community engagement feedback, the parkette includes wide accessible paved pathways, a playground incorporating Jamaica’s colours as a tribute to Dr. Blake’s heritage, accessible seating, bike racks and a Storytime Circle in recognition of Dr. Blake’s unique gift of storytelling.
Dr. Buxton George Blake was a longtime Oshawa resident until he passed away in 2018. Dr. Blake, the original founder of Pinewood Centre, dedicated his life to helping those with addiction and mental health challenges.
In 2014, Dr. Blake received the Lifetime Achievement Award under the African Canadian Achievement Awards Program and was one of the original founders of Storytellers of Canada and founder of the Durham Folklore Storytellers.
Help shape the design of Rotary Park
Oshawa is looking for input from the community on the redevelopment of Rotary Park. Located at 254 Centre St. S., the redeveloped Park will feature a new leisure pool, major splash pad and destination playground.
At this time, the Oshawa community can help shape the design of the park by providing feedback on specific features and accessibility components for the playground and splash pad by:
- Completing a feedback form online on Connect Oshawa (ConnectOshawa.ca/RotaryPark); or,
- On paper at Service Oshawa (50 Centre St. S.).
Feedback will be received until noon Wednesday, June 8 and considered in the selection of the types of playground, splash pad and accessibility components that may be installed in the park.