Riverview Park Improvements

Consultation has concluded

Riverview Neighbourhood Park tennis court with new blue playing surface, net, benches and basketball court in distance.

The City of Niagara Falls is pleased to inform the community that funding has been provided by City Council to improve Riverview Park this year! This significant investment into the neighbourhood will transform Riverview Park. Construction is anticipated to commence September 2017 with completion by the end of the year (weather permitting.)

Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide their feedback and input into the direction of Riverview Park. We've provided an overview of our engagement findings that can be viewed in the document library to the right.

The final master plan for Riverview Neighbourhood Park can also be viewed under the document library to the right. This master plan reflects consensus comments from the community that were received from the entire consultation process (Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.) View the newsfeed below for details.

The City of Niagara Falls is pleased to inform the community that funding has been provided by City Council to improve Riverview Park this year! This significant investment into the neighbourhood will transform Riverview Park. Construction is anticipated to commence September 2017 with completion by the end of the year (weather permitting.)

Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide their feedback and input into the direction of Riverview Park. We've provided an overview of our engagement findings that can be viewed in the document library to the right.

The final master plan for Riverview Neighbourhood Park can also be viewed under the document library to the right. This master plan reflects consensus comments from the community that were received from the entire consultation process (Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.) View the newsfeed below for details.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • Please include lines for Pickleball courts on the new tennis courts. This is a popular and rapidly growing sport, especially for seniors. Thank you. The rest of the plan looks great! Plant lots of trees and make sure they survive!

    gardenfreak asked about 2 years ago

    Thanks for your comments. We intend to include pickle ball lines with our tennis court painting/surfacing, and are excited to offer this new enhancement!

  • Until recent years, there was a natural rink at this park for decades. It was located in the bottom right corner of the park plan on the Cattell Drive side. At one time, the city even turned the street light slightly so the rink was lit. Given that ice happens naturally in the winter when the days are shorter and it's dark by 5:00, can you please include lighting for the rink? Perhaps on a motion sensor or timer to save money?

    Kimberley asked about 2 years ago

    The natural rink at Riverview is certainly a popular feature! We have heard this comment from others and we will consider it.  

  • Thank you for all the work that has been put into planning the new and improved Riverview park. Some of the questions we had were addressed at the meeting this week. I am just adding a couple of comments here. A lot of discussion was around the low lying lands near Cattell. When grading is being done, please note that many times in summers past, mowers were also getting stuck along the fence on the Rapelje side closer to Sarah St. I love that the playground is moving to the Cattell end where it is easily accessible to more children and it is away from the courts where older children are likely to be playing. I love the additional trees and a walking path but please consider not putting trees directly behind homes with pools or at least consider a type of tree that will not have flowers etc that may drift into the pools during the pool season. A job well done!

    JSM asked about 2 years ago

    We are glad you like the plan!  The grading will definitely improve low lying areas in the Park.  Thanks for the comment about neighbours with pools.  We will make careful consideration for this issue in balancing the park needs for trees and the neighbour desires for minimal maintenance.

  • Hello! I love the new layout of the Riverview Park! I would like to say on behalf of my son that he really enjoys the tires at the existing park. When he found out about the renovations his first fear was that the tires would no longer be there! It is a more challenging (and fun) climb than the new playground styles. A natural playscape with ropes and wood climbers would be preferable to a plastic park... they allow for more creative play and physical challenges. I love the new position of the park, as well as the addition of more trees and the path out to Sarah street!

    T.H asked about 2 years ago

    We love that you love it! In regard to the natural playscape versus the “plastic park”we appreciate your comments and will consider them with others when selecting a new playground for Riverview Park.

  • The natural place for an ice rink would be the low spot that is already there and freezes and skater have been using for years.; switching the locations of the rink and playground structure since there is more area also.

    Sawdocstors asked about 2 years ago

    Thanks for your comment! We located the natural ice rink in that spot because it will have good access for the neighbourhood in the winter and will work with the needed drainage pipes. We are also open to considering other options.  Thanks again!

  • This is a very ambitious plan for a small park. We don't feel residences who back onto the park are being considered. Our main concern is the proximity of the new playground structure and the walkway, both so close to our backyards. Most structures are across the street or hundreds of feet away from houses in neighbourhood. Is there an approximate distance away from private residences recommended and should be adhered to?

    Sawdocstors asked about 2 years ago

    Thanks for your question!  There is no specific official guideline to playground setbacks.  We try to work with the community to establish setbacks that make sense for each park.  We are happy to work with the neighbours to develop plans that work for them and address concerns.  This is a major component of our public consultation process.  We’ve heard this comment from other neighbours and we are exploring options to improve setbacks.

  • These park improvements will be great for the neighborhood! Is it possible to have tennis court nets that can be raised or lowered so that badminton can be played? Also, kindly avoid planting trees such as the Norway Maple, with high allergy impacts. Such trees are now banned in many school yards and communities across Canada and the U.S. We look forward to using the park!

    neighbourhood rez asked about 2 years ago

    We think the improvements will be great for the neighourhood too! We haven’t heard of public tennis court nets that convert to badminton nets. Also badminton is something we don’t typically provide in parks mainly because of vandalism issues and there is relatively low demand for it.  This is similar to beach volleyball courts.

    In regard to the species of trees that will be planted we will not plant Norway maple.  We typically plant a mix of mostly native trees. We will look into the issue of high allergy impact trees – we honestly never looked at this before.  Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

  • I LIKE THE NEW PLAN AS YOU HAVE SHOWN.

    ROBERT SOMERVILLE asked about 2 years ago

    That's great to hear! Thank you for sharing.

  • We were so pleased to receive the letter announcing the improvements to Riverview Park. Thank God the berm will be removed! We have noticed so many adults and children now riding their bikes through the park because of the hardened soil. They could not do that before. That gives so many Behind Cattell a much more direct access to the Parkway. Therefore, a black topped walkway from Cattell to Sarah would accommodate bikes, and buggies, unlike before. Our main request is that you respect privacy. Citizens can recommend certain ideas, but would they do so, if they were installed behind their homes? We ask that if anything is installed, the greater picture is considered, that each of us has a right, as taxpayers to the privacy directly behind our yards. Using the centre of the park is reasonable, but putting seating, walkways, tables etc, just destroy ones hopes of enjoying their own yard, from night noise, dogs, garbage, misuse and abuse. Those of us who have lived here for years, have seen, unfortunately many such instances, from snowmobiles, dirtbikes, ATVs, smoking, destruction of park property, and other disturbing activities. There are multiple considerations and we hope an agreeable settlement can be arranged. Thank you

    Rvpark asked about 2 years ago

    Thanks for your comments about the future of Riverview Park.  We can understand your concerns about backyard privacy.  There is always a challenge in balancing public use with neighbour privacy.  We will make note of your concerns as part of this public consultation and see what opportunity there is to make adjustments.  If you don’t mind, we would appreciate knowing what address you are at so that we could look at this issue in more detail.  Please email David Antonsen directly at dantonsen@niagarafalls.ca Thanks for taking the time to give us feed-back! 

  • I really like the master plan for the new park! I was hoping for a splashpad where the second parking lot is going to be on Catel drive, though. I am really excited for the "natural ice rink. I'm curious how that works? Will it be free? Is it maintained by the city? Thanks :)

    A.Bish asked about 2 years ago

    We’re glad to hear you like our proposed master plan for Riverview Park!  Unfortunately we can’t provide Riverview Park with a splash pad.  Your community splash pad is located at Patrick Cummings Memorial Sports Complex, and there will also be a new one soon at Chippawa Lions Park.  The natural ice rink will be a grass area that is designed to hold water in the winter and be allowed turn to ice when it is cold.  It is really informal and won’t have any maintenance or supervision by the City.  Snow clearing will be up to neighbourhood users.  We have similar natural rinks at a number of parks throughout the City and they are very popular.  Thanks for your interest in the future of Riverview Park!