The Friends of Chippewa Park

"Bringing Chippewa's Past into the Future"

Chippewa Park has been a favorite with city residents and visitors since it opened in 1921.  Located on along the beautiful coast of Lake Superior, Chippewa holds  an amazing view of the Sleeping Giant, this is your destination for family fun, scenic beauty and relaxation.  With so much to see and do Chippewa is your perfect summer getaway.   

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MEDIA RELEASE

 WILDLIFE EXHIBIT CAN’T CLOSE: The Friends of Chippewa Park

March 18, 2017: In an open letter to City Manager Norm Gale, The Friends of Chippewa Park are expressing their concern that over one third of the animals at the Wildlife Exhibit cannot be relocated to other facilities across the country and will require the continuation of the high level of care that these animals require.

 

Friends President Lorraine Lortie-Krawczuk noted recent media reports that point out an inspection by the Canada Food Inspection Agency veterinarian indicated that the hooved animals could not safely be tranquilized for a series of TB tests, let alone transportation and must stay in the park.  She went on to remind Gale that Fluffy the Bear was also identified as being at risk and must stay but then reported that the aged wolf is also in the same category.

 “With over one third of the animals having to stay at the Wildlife Exhibit, and that these animals require nearly 50% of the animal keepers time each day, it does not make any sense whatsoever to close the Wildlife Exhibit” said Lortie-Krawczuk. “These 8 animals require significant care in order to remain healthy and it is not in the best interest of the City, the animals nor the community to remove the trained animal keeper or close the doors of this very popular facility.”

 

The Friends of Chippewa Park also point out in their letter that no formal arrangements have in fact been made with the animal transporter for the remainder of the animals, a process that will take at least one month to finalize, and that the May 1 date will not be met.

 

In their letter to the City Manager The Friends of Chippewa Park included the following:

 “The Friends of Chippewa Park continue to be committed to work with the City to identify a long term solution that will enable the Wildlife Exhibit to continue, including the development of a non-profit, publicly and privately funded Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Centre consistent with many such facilities around the continent.

 

We are writing to you to ask that you find the appropriate way to keep the Wildlife Exhibit operational for the foreseeable future. Not only will that deal with the current challenges facing the City but provide The Friends of Chippewa Park the time to put together a formal business plan and to seek external funding for both operational and capital requirements.”

 

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Attachment: Letter to City Manager

 Norm Gale                                                                                                     March 18, 2017

City Manager

500 Donald Street, East

Thunder Bay, ON

P7C 5K4

 

By Email: ngale@thunderbay.ca

 

OPEN LETTER

Dear Mr. Gale

 Recent news reports along with additional information we have obtained leads us to ask that you find a way to reverse the Council decision to close the Chippewa Park Wildlife Exhibit on May 1 of this year.

 

It is clear to us that over one third of the animals will not be able to be relocated and must be cared for at the Wildlife Exhibit until their natural death.  It is not realistic to expect this to occur anytime soon.

 We know now that as a result of the inspection by theveterinarian who deals with wild animals in captivity from the Canada Food Inspection Agency that all the hooved animals are regulated and therefore must undergo TB testing prior to be transferred. The testing must be done under strictly controlled circumstances and due to the advanced age of all the animals, we have been advised that it cannot be done safely.

 As a result, the following hooved animals will remain at the Wildlife Exhibit and cared for:

Elk                  3

Deer               1

Caribou          1

Sheep            1

 These 6 animals require approximately 40% of the attention of the Animal Keeper due to the complex requirements of their care. The time allocated is increased if they get sick, and they are sick most often of all the animals. Last summer the caribou had an illness that caused diarrhea and some weight loss. He has recovered fully, but ever since then the Animal Keeper is required to perform a visual inspection of all hooved animal stool daily. This daily inspection is augmented when the vet comes on a regular basis. These hooved animals also require the biggest variety of food, which the existing Animal Keeper has been trained in to ensure the contents are proportioned properly. They also tend to drink a lot of water, with their water source checked at least twice a day. Worms are a common problem among the hooved animals and every few months the Animal Keeper is required to portion out special medicated pellets to deworm them. Also in the warm weather the hooved animal ‘houses’ must be cleaned out more frequently in order to prevent the hay beds from rotting.

In addition, as you are aware, the 20 year old Fluffy the Bear will also be remaining at the Exhibit and also must be cared for. The bear also requires additional care that results in an additional two to three hours of labour every few days to drain and fill the pool in order to keep it algae free and safe for the bear.

 We have just learned that the remaining wolf is also at risk of harm if any attempt is made to capture and transport him. Although he is quite elderly, he remains overly aggressive and any attempt to capture him will put staff at risk. The Vet that provides services to the park has apparently warned more than once that any attempt to sedate the wolf will kill him.

 Overall, that means that 8 of the 23 animals and birds will remain at the Wildlife Exhibit for the foreseeable future and that they will likely require approximately half of a full-time person to properly and safely care for them.  And the care should not be provided as an ‘add-on’ by the remaining park staff, who neither have the requisite training and experience nor the time to dedicate themselves to the care of these vulnerable animals.

 It is also important for you to understand that in spite of repeated assurances by Administration it is not realistic to expect that the remainder of the residents of the Wildlife Exhibit will be relocated by May 1.  It is our understanding that the animal transporter utilized by the City requires at least one month lead time to make the appropriate arrangements to place the animals and birds, travel to Thunder Bay and secure the animals and birds for transport.  It is our further understanding that as of this past week no firm arrangements have been made with the transporter.

With more than a third of the animals remaining in place and requiring a continuation of the high level of care they have been receiving, and the challenge in meeting the May 1 deadline (and therefor the cost savings promised to Council) we believe the solution is to suspend the closure and retain the current Animal Keeper in that position until the 8 animals identified above have passed. 

 This means also keeping the Wildlife Exhibit open to the public through this summer season. It would be an inappropriate use of tax payer’s funds to care for these animals without allowing the public to continue to view them in their natural environment.

 The Friends of Chippewa Park continue to be committed to work with the City to identify a long term solution that will enable the Wildlife Exhibit to continue, including the development of a non-profit, publicly and privately funded Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Centre consistent with many such facilities around the continent.

 We are writing to you to ask that you find the appropriate way to keep the Wildlife Exhibit operational for the foreseeable future. Not only will that deal with the current challenges facing the City but provide The Friends of Chippewa Park the time to put together a formal business plan and to seek external funding for both operational and capital requirements.

 We look forward to your response.

 Yours truly

  

Lorraine Lortie-Krawczuk

President

 

Copy to:

 

Kerri Marshall, General Manager, Infrastructure & Operations kmarshall@thunderbay.ca

Kayla Dixon, Director of Engineering and Operations kdixon@thunderbay.ca

Gordon John, Manager of Parks and Open Spaces (Acting) gjohn@thunderbay.ca

Karen Martin, President, CUPE Local 87 cupe87@tbaytel.net

 

LAST CHANCE TO GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

WITH N.W.O. WILDLIFE THIS SPRING BREAK

 

The Friends of Chippewa Park are inviting the public to see the animals and birds of the Chippewa Park Wildlife Exhibit for the last time during Spring Break.

“Thanks to the lack of foresight by Thunder Bay City Council, the Wildlife Exhibit will be closing forever on May 1” said The Friends President, Lorraine Lortie-Krawczuk “and the 9 days of the spring break will be the last opportunity to get up close and personal with the wildlife of Northwestern Ontario.

The Wildlife Exhibit will be open daily from Saturday, March 11 through to Sunday, March 19 from 11:00 AM to 3:45 PM Daily.

The Friends of Chippewa Park Board members and volunteers will be serving coffee and hot chocolate on both Saturday and Sunday during the opening hours

 

WILDLIFE EXHIBIT TO CLOSE PERMANENTLY 

 

 

Thunder Bay City Council, by a vote of 10 to 2 voted to permanently close Chippewa Park's Wildlife Exhibit as of May 1, 2017.

Thanks to the 825 people who came out to the Exhibit on Sunday and Monday (Feb 19 and 20) to say good bye to the animals and birds. Thanks too, to the 1,223 people from around the world who signed our online petition and the 420 who signed it in person at the park during the Family Day weekend.  Finally, thanks to all who contacted City Council directly to express their desire to see the facility remain open.

If you want to help support the work of The Friends of Chippewa Park please feel free to make a donation to TFOCP.  Any donation over $15 will not only ensure you get a Charitable Receipt but a membership in the organization as well.

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A RENEWED VISION FOR CHIPPEWA PARK

PROJECT BACKGROUND

The City of Thunder Bay has engaged FOTENN Planning + Design and the Boreal Centre in the creation of a renewed vision for Chippewa Park, one of Thunder Bay’s most treasured landmarks. As part of this work, a comprehensive consultation effort with local First Nations and urban aboriginal groups, key stakeholders, and members of the public will be undertaken to garner beneficial information from all interested parties. This project will guide municipal investment over the short and medium term and establish updated priorities and programming for the park.

Together with your help and understanding, the project outcomes will foster:

  1. Improved terrestrial environments;
  2. Enhanced cultural recognition of our collective heritage;
  3. Usable recreational facilities; and,
  4. Vested public interest in the well being of this community space.

Building off the foundational work completed in the 2000 Chippewa Park Master Plan, this project will evaluate the park’s current programming and infrastructure in order to determine a preferred concept plan for its future use. The project commenced in December 2015, has been on hold for the past year but is expected to restart shortly.

WE WANT YOU TO BE INVOLVED!

Whether you are discovering the park for the very first time or a regular visitor, we want to hear from you. Our goal for the visioning of Chippewa Park is to engage the community to identify the needs, challenges, opportunities, and to request input on how you would like the future transformation of Chippewa Park to take place.

 

A second Stakeholder Workshop and Public Open House and will also be held at a later stage in the project to present preliminary options for review, based on the feedback from the first stage of public consultations.

 

We look forward to working with you throughout this project.

Sincerely,

Sheriden Barnett, LLM (ADR)

President

Boreal Centre

Sarah Millar, RPP

Senior Planner

FOTENN Consultants Inc.

Werner Schwar, OALA

Supervisor, Parks + Open Spaces Section

City of Thunder Bay

A copy of relevant background documents can be located on the City of Thunder Bay’s website at:

http://www.thunderbay.ca/Living/recreation_and_parks/Parks/Chippewa_Park.htm

Relevant documents include:

  1. Chippewa Park Masterplan, 2000
  2. Chippewa Park Breakwater Study
  3. City of Thunder Bay 2011-2014 Strategic Plan

 

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 The park offers a number of amusement rides aimed at the young and not so young including the historic Merry-Go-Round.  

On Sundays we feature local musical entertainment as part of our Sundays in the Park Concert Series. The first concert will be held on July 2 and the last on September 3.

2017 Sundays in the Park Schedule will be announced in June

 

Tuesday Night Jam Sessions

Chippewa Park’s Pavilion Coffee House is alive with music every Tuesday night at 7 PM starting on July 5 and continuing to August 30. Musicians are invited to participate in the ‘open jam’ and the audience is invited to listen, dance and even sing along when appropriate. The evening features a mix of old and new country, folk and some rock & roll and gospel. Existing seating is limited to the first 100 so it would be wise to bring your own chairs. There is no admission but we would welcome a ‘good will’ donation to help cover expenses. Coffee, tea, juice, cakes and cookies are available at no cost. The evening ends at 10 PM. The pavilion and adjacent washrooms are wheelchair accessible. 

For Park bookings, hours of operation etc please call the City of Thunder Bay at  (807) 625-CHIP

 

For information about Sundays in the Park or The Friends of Chippewa Park please email info@chippewapark.ca 

 

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  Chippewa Park has been a favorite with city residents and visitors since it opened in 1921.  Located on along the beautiful coast of Lake Superior, Chippewa holds  an amazing view of the Sleeping Giant, this is your destination for family fun, scenic beauty and relaxation.  With so much to see and do Chippewa is your perfect summer getaway.  
 

 

Click on the links on the side to see all that Chippewa has to offer, or telephone the Chippewa Hotline at 807-625-CHIP or call Toll Free at 888-711-5094.  Above is a live action look at the water at Chippewa Park and Pictures and Details of events here at Chippewa Park!

THE FRIENDS OF

 

 

SUMMER STUDENT JOB POSTING

 

EMPLOYER:  The Friends of Chippewa Park

 

WORK LOCATION:  Chippewa Park Pavilion, Chippewa Park, City Road, Thunder Bay

 

REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION

 

  • Must be either a high school or post secondary school student returning to school in the fall of 2016.
  • Must have own transportation as there is no public transit available
  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision
  • Must be comfortable:

managing web pages, responding to emails, tweets and facebookspeaking to strangers, including approaching them to see if they will fill out a survey or join The Friends of Chippewa Park

MCing the Sunday in the Park Concerts

  • Experience in organizing events an asset
  • Will be required to work weekends and holidays

DURATION OF POSITION:  8 Weeks each – Please see attached position descriptions for work periods

 HOURS PER WEEK: 35

 

RATE OF PAY:  $11.25 per hour

 POSITION 1: Programming Assistant  (PA)

           WORK PERIOD:               Option A: Post-Secondary Student

June 4 to July 30

Option B: High School Student

          Weekends – June 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19

          Summer –    June 25 to Aug 13

 WORK TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 Assists the Volunteer Board in planning and implementing Sundays in the Park Concert Series, Bill Beavis Family Fun Day and coordination of Seniors transportation to the park each Sunday. Conducts and analyses park visitor surveys daily and provides information to the public, maintains the web site and responds to phone calls, emails, tweets and facebook inquiries.  They will also assist in setting up  for various events.

 

POSITION 2: Programming Assistant (PA)

           WORK PERIOD:               July 11 to September 4

           WORK TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 Assists the Volunteer Board in planning and implementing Sundays in the Park Concert Series and coordination of Seniors transportation to the park each Sunday. Conducts and analyses park visitor surveys daily and provides information to the public, maintains the web site and responds to phone calls, emails, tweets and facebook inquiries.  They will also assist the Melodrama Theatre group in setting up and collecting admissions where appropriate.

 APPLICATION PROCESS

 Please emailyour application along with a resume to Chippewa@tbaytel.net

  1. You must place the following words (and only those words) in the subject line of the email APPLICATION TO TFOCP.  Any other words will result in the application not being forwarded to the review team and will therefore not be considered
  2. Indicate on your application which of the two positions your are applying for, or if you are applying for both
  3. All applications will be acknowledged by return email
  4. Only those chosen for an interview will receive follow up contact
  5. Any questions can be submitted to the above noted email address
  6. Deadline for applications for Position 1 is Wednesday, June 1
  7. Deadline for applications for Position 2 is Sunday, June 12