Chinguacousy Park is beautiful, but it’s an underused park by most Brampton citizens. The core of the park, where one finds the splash pad and picnic tables, is heavily trafficked, but the park is so much bigger than this confined area.
It’s no wonder. The outskirts of the park are bleak, barren, or outright next to Regional Highway 7. There has seemingly been no thought as to building up the perimeter of the park into an urban park with appropriate streetscape.
Fast-forward (?) to 2014, when I visited New York City, and in particular, walked along 5th avenue toward the MET. The streetscape there can be described as triple wide, with bike sharing facilities, room for street artists and performers, pedestrian traffic, food trucks, bus loading and unloading zones, and other tourism related facilities. It is Central Park after all.
Now, a park as large as Central Park wouldn’t be possible at Queen and Bramalea Road. But Chinguacousy Park and the connection it already has to Chinguacousy Trail is no small parkette either. With a few upgrades to the streetscapes, and integrated implementation of the Museum of the Chinguacousys and Chinguacousy Tower I have outlined in other posts, and we can breathe even more life and economic vibrancy into a key portion of Brampton’s Queen Street Economic Corridor.