Chinguacousy Park

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Donald M. Gordon Chinguacousy Park
Brampton ON Chinguacousy-Park 2017-10-18.jpg
LocationBrampton, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates43°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 40-hectare (100-acre) park[1] in the Bramalea section of Brampton, Ontario. 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 40-hectare (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,t 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, boating, skiing 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 2,000-square-metre (22,000 sq ft) canal-style skating trail opened. It converts to a reflective fountain in summer.[7]

Mount Chinguacousy[edit]

Mount Chinguacousy is a small 1-hectare (2.5-acre) 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, beginner slopes on either side of the lift and a chalet and rental shop at the base of the hill. It is about 21 metres (69 ft) high, with its longest run 188 m (617 ft). It has snow-making facilities and night skiing, and is the only ski hill in Brampton.[8][9] The hill is man-made, constructed from the excavations for basements of many 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-kilometre (3.1 mi) adventure race every September.[12] The park also hosts outdoor movie nights during the summer.[12]

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. Archived from the original on 2017-02-04. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  11. ^ http://www.brampton.ca/EN/residents/community-centres/dmg-chinguacousy-park/Pages/Welcome.aspx
  12. ^ a b "Welcome!". www.brampton.ca. Retrieved 2017-09-06.

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