|Tom Jones, with family, at the ground-breaking ceremony at Eden Park.|
As it sits now, the park includes a single basketball court, which will stay, and is popular with rock climbers who traverse what remains of the reservoir walls.
"We stood right up on top of the (reservoir) wall and we looked down on this space and it was green and it was open but it was very empty, and thus the seed was planted," Jones said at the ground breaking ceremony in October.
The project will create a walking loop around the perimeter of the field and extend to Playhouse in the Park to connect the park with the city.
Other improvements will include benches, picnic tables, trees placed along the walkways, additional features will include a play environment, a shelter for wonderful picnics in the shade, a new landscape, a wetland with a boardwalk, and improved site drainage and a welcome kiosk which will depict the rich history of this reservoir with interpretive signage.
Jones hints there could be future improvements, including solar "trees" that would generate enough energy to light the park and, possibly, a mini golf course.
“Parks and libraries are free and accessible to all, which is why I have chosen to give a gift that the entire community can enjoy for years to come," said Jones.
The donation will also cover maintenance of the new spaces. The Park Board, who'll manage the project, anticipates the first phase will be complete by late 2020.