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Project Background

In 2018, through a gratuitous dedication, Council approved the acquisition of 13.7 hectares (34 acres) of land from the previous Bowmanville Zoo lands. On August 24, 2021, the land was officially transferred to Municipal ownership.

Clarington Council has since directed Staff to prepare a comprehensive Park Master Plan for the Bowmanville Zoo lands, which would include concepts for recreational facilities and amenities as well as recreational trails.

An initial Park Concept was prepared in coordination with Valleys 2000 through a design workshop that included a variety of members of the community representing various interests. The intent of the concept plan was to provide a point of departure for continued conversation, engagement and consultation with the community to further the development of the Bowmanville Zoo Lands Community Park.

Project Vision

A bold, inspiring signature park for the community that is tied to the natural and cultural history of the property by honouring the legacy of Soper Creek and the former zoo and integrating the lands into the broader trail system.

Interactive Concept Design

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Design Concept of Bowmanville Community Park on the former lands of the Bowmanville Zoo

Next Steps

Following public consultation, staff will take the community's feedback into consideration as they prepare a revised Master Plan to present to Council.

Get Involved

Have your say on the draft park concept. Leave comments below or weigh in on other ideas by using the thumbs up or thumbs down button.

Concept Legend

Bowmanville Park Legend

Share your feedback on the draft design concept.

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26 April, 2024

Anglesforfun says:

Looks amazing. Can you consider a fishing pond?? Not many places for kids to fish for panfish and such. Would be nice to have a safe spot.

25 April, 2024

Concerned says:

Focus on wetland integrity and not an amphitheatre.This will offer park vistors the opportunity to experience nature first hand

24 April, 2024

Ryan J says:

I would like like the addition of an ice skating trail please. There is one setup 2.5 hours away at Arrowhead Provincial Park, too far!

23 April, 2024

JC says:

Will there be a safe area for dogs to run around? Would also love for there to be plenty of trash cans. And native flowers/plants!

22 April, 2024

ADHR. says:

Incorporating a full-sized tiled outdoor basketball court more suitable for teens and adults to play would be incredible.

21 April, 2024

JonnySel007 says:

Having the Amphitheatre intact or with any necessary renovations will be another great way to showcase the local creative arts scene.

21 April, 2024

steinjah says:

It would be great to see educational and interactive signage along the trails. Maybe some permanent exercise equipment to promote health

21 April, 2024

Winston says:

To keep my children away from the dogs inevitably brought to this park, I would encourage the city to included a fenced off-leash area.

20 April, 2024

Aiman says:

I want to see an ice skating trail in the park.

19 April, 2024

Pch says:

A fully accessible playground would be the first of its kind in the area, with rubber surface is needed for equality for all

18 April, 2024

Shanej1 says:

It’s important to make all upgrades to our region with the new generation in mind. Tap n go’s, QR codes, mobile robotic info guides.

18 April, 2024

Lourdes says:

Affordable housing lands is the MAJOR need at the moment for seniors and young families. Clarington could be a model in this initiative.