Chinguacousy Park

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Donald M. Gordon Chinguacousy Park
Brampton ON Chinguacousy-Park 2017-10-18.jpg
Location Brampton, Ontario,
 Canada
Coordinates 43°43′29″N 79°43′05″W / 43.72472°N 79.71806°W / 43.72472; -79.71806Coordinates: 43°43′29″N 79°43′05″W / 43.72472°N 79.71806°W / 43.72472; -79.71806

Donald M. Gordon Chinguacousy Park, colloquially known as Chinguacousy Park, is a large 100 acre[1]park in Brampton, Ontario's Bramalea section. It is bounded by Queen Street East on the southeast, Bramalea Road on the northeast, and Central Park Drive on the north and west sides.

Chinguacousy is said to mean "Young Pine River"[2] The park is named for Donald M. Gordon, who helped form the parks and recreation programs in Brampton, as well as Chippewa Chief Shinguacose (d. 1858).[3]

History[edit]

In 1970 the City of Brampton bought the 100 acre farm from the Crawford family, with the intention of building a large park,[4] paying for land and facilities from the proceeds of subdivision agreements[5]

Revitalization[edit]

In 2014 the federal, provincial and municipal government each agreed to contribute $8.2 million towards the park, to be used for renovations and new construction.[5]

Facilities[edit]

The park’s sport facilities include a curling facility, winterized tennis courts, beach volleyball courts, ski hill and track and field facilities. They also offer mini-putt golf, formal gardens and greenhouse, paddle boats, pony rides, petting zoo and barn,[6] splash pad and children’s playground, and a BMX/skateboard park. In winter 2017, a 2000 square metre canal-style skating trail opened. It converts to a reflective fountain in summer.[7]

Mount Chinguacousy[edit]

Mount Chinguacousy is a small (one hectare) alpine skiing and snowboarding hill located in the park, near the intersection of Bramalea Road and Central Park Drive. It features a magic carpet ski lift, two beginner slopes on both sides of the lift and a chalet and rental shop at the base of the hill. It is about 21 metres high, its longest run is 188 m. It has snow making facilities and night skiing. It is the only ski hill in Brampton.[8][9] The hill is man-made and constructed over the fill extracted to make the basements of early Bramalea houses.[10]

Events[edit]

There are a variety of summer camps offered for children and teens at this park. They are offered through Brampton Parks and Recreation Department.[11] The park is also host to annual carnivals. City of Brampton hosts a Tough Run 5 km adventure race every September in the park.[12] The park also hosts outdoor movie nights during the summer.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chinguacousy Park". Day Trips Canada. 2015-05-11. Retrieved 2017-09-06. 
  2. ^ Currell, Harvey (1965). where the alders grow. 
  3. ^ http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/shinguacouse/
  4. ^ "Chinguacousy Park". Hiking the GTA. 23 March 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Opinion | COLUMN: Chinguacousy Park- The Heritage". BramptonGuardian.com. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  6. ^ "Two baby alpacas born at Chinguacousy Park". CanIndia, April 30th, 2016
  7. ^ "Donald M. Gordon Chinguacousy Park". www.brampton.ca. Retrieved 2017-06-16. 
  8. ^ " Brampton ski hill is open for skiing, tubing and snowboarding". Brampton Guardian, Jan 16, 2014 Pam Douglas
  9. ^ "No plans to ban tobogganing in Mississauga or Brampton". Mississauga News, Jan 15, 2015. By Chris Clay
  10. ^ "Chinguacousy Hill Isn't Actually Made of Garbage". Bramptonist. 29 January 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  11. ^ http://www.brampton.ca/EN/residents/community-centres/dmg-chinguacousy-park/Pages/Welcome.aspx
  12. ^ "Welcome!". www.brampton.ca. Retrieved 2017-09-06. 
  13. ^ "Welcome!". www.brampton.ca. Retrieved 2017-09-06. 

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