As months became years and years became more than a decade, Brandon’s once upstart new subdivision has matured into more and more of a neighbourhood of its own as an increasing number of residents call it home. Perhaps no development has signalled Brookwood’s coming of age as a neighbourhood than that of this Spring and Summer as the pieces have come together on the subdivision’s first park.
Located just Southwest of the intersection Goldenrod Drive, Plateau Drive and Marsh Cres the newly added space features a fenced and newly sodded green space, a small play structure and swing ideal for young kids, concrete pathways and benches that you would expect to see in a neighbourhood common space. Also on-site are wheelchair-friendly picnic tables for public use.. all on display in the interactive panorama image below that gives a chance to have a look around the space:.
A 360 degree panorama of the new park with sod and temporary irrigation in place. Tap/click and drag within the image to have a look around
Installation of the as yet unnamed park’s various elements was carried out by Livingstone Landscaping for Waverly Developments to City of Brandon specifications, with the City to take over maintenance in the future as it does countless other park spaces throughout other areas in the city.
Some small finishing touches remain, including giving the newly laid sod the necessary TLC for a good start in life. As a result, visitors in the short-term will note signage asking them to keep off of the grass while temporary irrigation is in place.
The space is reminiscent of the Woodlands subdivision’s Jacobson Park, which plays much of the same role for residents in its section of town that has been developed roughly in parallel with Brookwood.
Brookwood does also have a significant allotment of common greenspace in the form of a walking and cycling path through the natural landscape in common area between properties on Plateau Drive and Southview Drive. City of Brandon signage refers to that space as a park, so depending on your perspective you might consider telling me that the area already had one :)
A 2018 plan for the future buildout of the Brookwood South area denotes space for additional future parks and greenspace.
Brookwood families have been known to make use of Parkdale Park, which features within walking distance one of the city’s largest play structures and a winter time tobogganing hill. While I suspect there’ll be no replacing Parkdale for its scale for those up for the extended walk, bike ride or drive, there’s something to be said for a neighbourhood having a gathering place to call it’s own.
The area saw its first homes built in 2004.
Brandon’s Recreation Facilities Master Plan notes a schedule of parks throughout the city that are designated for renewal in the years ahead. Plans are underway in conjunction with Kiwanis Club for a meaningful upcoming redo of the East End’s Laurence & Louise Park.