Dedicated Senior Space Feasibility Study

PenMet Parks is studying the feasibility of developing and operating a dedicated space for seniors in the community. Feasibility studies are a necessary first step in planning public facilities in order to inform the community regarding demand, interests, design options, and estimates of cost. A steering committee was formed, with community representatives, to advise PenMet Parks and the consultant team.

Read the final Senior Space Feasibility Study and the appendix.

Meetings and Community Input

A series of open community meetings were held regarding the feasibility of developing a dedicated senior space in the community, with virtual and in-person options for participation.

  • Study the feasibility of dedicated space for seniors.
  • Evaluate the most feasible spaces on three different physical sites, including the Peninsula Gardens site (5507 Wollochet Drive).
  • Identify various means to address community interests and demands.
  • Present related industry trends and best practices regarding public facilities.
  • Propose and evaluate various design considerations for public spaces.
  • Identify development and operational costs for the most feasible spaces.
  • Present a final report to the community and to PenMet Parks Board of Park Commissioners, with study conclusions and next step recommendations.
  • March 19, 2024 Presentation to PenMet Parks Board of Commissioners at Study Session, 5-6 PM.
  • August 22, 2023, 4:30-5:45 PM, combined Senior Steering Committee and Community Meeting.
  • June 26, 2023, 4:30-5:45 PM, Senior Steering Committee meeting and 6-7:15 PM, Senior Community Meeting. This meeting focused on capital and maintenance analysis.
  • April 24, 2023, 4:30-5:45 PM, Senior Steering Committee meeting, and 6-7:15 PM, community meeting. This meeting focused on concept refinement.
  • February 27, 2023, 4:30-5:30 PM. Focused on site analysis/program development.
  • Fall 2022: studies began.
  • Winter 2023: Steering Committee Appointments.
  • Spring-Summer 2023: Steering Committee and Community Meetings.
    • As noted above, meetings covered a range of topics related to the feasibility and concept of a dedicated senior space.
  • Fall 2023: Initial draft reports developed.
  • Winter 2024: Final review comments to consultant. Final draft to steering committee in March.
  • Final draft was presented to the Park Board of Commissioners in March 2024.
  • Feasibility study to be presented to the Park Board of Commissioners for acceptance in April 2024.

We are excited to share information and news related to this project. For questions or inquiries, please contact Sue O’Neill, Director of Parks Services for PenMet Parks.