Killaloe Pathways Park

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CONTACT: Cathy Lyons, Chair Friends of Killaloe Public Library | 613-757-0166
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The Plan

Click to view larger image. Intention and Guiding Statement for the Development of KPP The Killaloe Pathways Park supports the mental and physical well-being of Killaloe and area residents by fostering the intrinsic and reciprocal...
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Survey Results

We conducted a short survey to help us plan for the future of KPP. Some ideas that have come up so far: community gardens (mental health, Indigenous healing, sensory, community kitchen, butterfly), art sculptures, museum...
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Land acknowledgment and welcome

Killaloe Pathways Park is situated on Omàmiwininiaki, the unceded ancestral territory of Algonquin Anishinaabeg. We are grateful to the generations of peoples who continue to be the caretakers of this land since time immemorial. We honour, respect, and deeply appreciate their connection to this land we now share. 

About Killaloe Pathways Park working group

Killaloe Pathways Park was ignited by a conversation between the Township of Killaloe Hagarty Richards and members of Friends of the Library regarding the potential development of a reading trail in Killaloe. The former Hoch Farm is the chosen location.

Click here to see survey results!

The next step was to find funding. The federal government’s Healthy Communities Initiative seemed like a good fit but it became clear that we needed a vision beyond the reading trail, so other community organizations were invited to brainstorm about what might be possible. From here, community support grew and more people and ideas were brought and incorporated.

After many brainstorming sessions, the working group came up with a plan and wrote a funding proposal. The need for a multipurpose community green space that supports the mental and physical health of Killaloe and area residents led to the current proposal.

The working group is committed to developing the park following these principles:

  • Respect for the natural environment and ecology;
  • Collaborative processes of meaningful engagement with Algonquin peoples and local business, institutional, and community interests;
  • Gratitude and acknowledgement of unceded ancestral territory of Algonquin peoples;
  • Respect and acknowledgement for the Hoch family homestead;
  • Respect and acknowledgement for past volunteers and community organizations.

Current Project Partners

Funder: Healthy Communities Initiative Government of Canada
Community Resource Centre, Bil Smith and Kim Groskleg
Friends of Killaloe Library, Cathy Lyons and Phil Godon
Killaloe Business Association, Dan Harrington
Killaloe Food Bank, Dan Harrington
Killaloe Heritage and Ecology Society, Lynne Postill
Killaloe and District Public Library, Nicole Zummach
Killaloe Public School, Anne George
Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards Township, Chris Neff
Kokomis Roberta Della Picca, Bonnechere Algonquin
Ottawa Valley Community Arts, Andy Trull and Anya Gansterer
St. Andrews’ Public School, T.J. O’Grady and Stephanie Pinkerton

The Plan

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Intention and Guiding Statement for the Development of KPP

The Killaloe Pathways Park supports the mental and physical well-being of Killaloe and area residents by fostering the intrinsic and reciprocal relationship between people and the natural world.

Who is Killaloe Pathways Park for?

Everyone! Killaloe Pathways Park is designed to accommodate and appeal to people, flora and fauna at all stages of life, and incorporates elements of ecology, food security, literacy, mental and physical health.

The Starting Point

Reading Trail

A Reading Trail is a fun, interactive, educational activity that places enlarged pages from an illustrated children’s book along a 600-metre path or trail. Each reading station (18 in total) presents pages from the story along with suggested activities to further literacy and learning while encouraging physical activity in nature. Books are switched out regularly to encourage new visits and new adventures.

Example of a reading trail station

Fitness Trail

A shorter, 400-metre trail could have up to 10 fitness stations designed by local trainers to provide a balanced routine for the entire body, whether young or elderly.

Picnic Area

The KPP picnic area will eventually include picnic tables, benches, climbing structures, garbage, compost, recycling and dog waste bins.

Signage

  • Wayfinding signage to orient people around the site
  • Example of a fitness station

    Bulletin boards/information boards

  • Signage to encourage people to visit downtown Killaloe
  • Sign board(s) for Algonquin content

Plans for the Future

Funding has come from the Healthy Communities Initiative and the Commonwell Insurance Group. There are many ideas for how to move forward with plans for the next phases of Killaloe Pathways Park, but ultimately it is up to YOU to decide what happens next.

Click here to see survey results!

History of the Land and Farm

Survey Results

We conducted a short survey to help us plan for the future of KPP.

Some ideas that have come up so far: community gardens (mental health, Indigenous healing, sensory, community kitchen, butterfly), art sculptures, museum display cases, electric vehicle charging station, wetlands interpretive information and viewing area.

Click here to see the survey results!

CONTACT: Cathy Lyons, Chair
Friends of Killaloe Public Library
| 613-757-0166

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