Heritage home to become washrooms in South Kitchener District Park

A stone farm house that dates back to 1860 will be moved and turned into a washroom facility in the South Kitchener District Park.

Regency cottage farm house dates back to 1860, still in good shape

An illustration in the South Kitchener District Park master plan shows how the heritage home, located at the right in this picture, could look in the park. (City of Kitchener)

A farm house that dates back to 1860 will become washrooms and changerooms in the South Kitchener District Park, which is set to open in the spring of 2019.

The stone house, which the city says has cultural heritage value but is not officially designated as a heritage property, will need to be moved. The total cost of the washroom and changeroom project is $730,800 over four years.

The house at 1664 Huron Road is an example of a Regency cottage, which were popular in the mid-19th century.

A heritage impact assessment from February 2017 notes "it is an example of a once common, but increasingly rare, combination of style and construction material which is unique within the City of Kitchener."

The design was "heavily influenced" by Scottish and Irish settlers.

This map shows the layout of the South Kitchener District Park. The park is set to open in 2019. (City of Kitchener)

Move to take place this year

The building itself is largely intact, although a rear addition will be demolished and it will need a new frame for the main floor and reinforcements for the roof to support snow.

Despite those concessions, a staff report to the city's community and infrastructure services committee on Monday said an "internal inspection identified that the building requires significantly less effort than was originally anticipated to relocate and renovate the farm house."

The other option was to build a new facility for the washrooms and changerooms. That option was expected to cost $808,320.

Work will begin shortly to prepare the building for moving and relocation will take place between this year and next year.

The home will be renovated and though the park will open in 2019 the washrooms and changeroom complex won't open until 2022.

The house, which was built in 1860, will become a facility for washrooms and changerooms. This image is from the South Kitchener District Park Master Plan. (City of Kitchener)

Park opens spring 2019

The park will be built in three phases, by 2025. 

The first phase will have sports fields, including two artificial turf, well-lit soccer fields, a natural-turf football field, cricket pitch and a multi-purpose field. There will also be a community open space, a children's playground and splash pad, pathways that link to trails and parking. Phase one will be complete by spring 2019. 

The second phase of the park's construction will see tennis, basketball and sand volleyball courts, shade shelters and washrooms.

The third phase would include putting in a bike track and skateboard area.

The park also includes an area that could eventually be home to an indoor recreation centre that would include a pool, walking track, soccer field and ice pads.


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