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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SUMMER STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

The Friends of Chippewa Park have received funding from the Government of Canada for two student jobs - 8 weeks, 35 hours a week at $11:25 per hour for 2016.  For details please scroll to the bottom of this section.

 

SUMMER OF 2016 - Your Place to Be!

 

 

The 8th annual Bill Beavis Chippewa Family Fun Day is coming up on June 26. Running from noon to 4 PM there is a whole lot to do as a family. Meet the Border Cats, get your face painted, enjoy the scavenger hunt and a variety of games while being entertained.  There is no charge for participating or to be eligible for any of the prizes and there is free cake too!

 

Sunday, July 3 sees the launch of this year's Sundays in the Park Concert Series and a new melodrama - A Beaver's Tale AKA The One Wee Wife of Wes Fort for another season.

The Sundays in the Park Concerts will be held on the TBayTel Family Stage located on the lake side of the Pavilion from 2 to 4 each Sunday throughout July and August, with the final performance on September 4. These concerts are made possible through a grant from the Recreation and Culture Division of the City of Thunder Bay and this year for the first time from Each Sunday at Chippewa Park you can experience some of the top notch musical entertainment offered by Thunder Bay and area musicians. Sponsored by The Friends of Chippewa Park with financial assistance from the Recreation and Culture Division of the City of Thunder Bay and this year for the first time the Music Performance Trust Fund and the Musician’s Association Local 591. Each Sunday a different musical group will entertain the audience.  Please bring your lawn chairs! In the event of inclement weather the concerts will be held inside the Pavilion. The list of entertainers are being added to the schedule once finalized. 

 

The Rob McLeod Capital Players are back for another season of Old Time Melodrama on Sunday afternoon at 4 PM and Thursday evening at 7 PM during the Month of July.

The first Sunday performance is on July 3 and the first Thursday performance is on July 7. Tickets for adults are $8, Seniors and teens pay $5 and children under 5 are free. This year's performance is A New Moon Production of A Beaver's Tale AKA The One Wee Wife of Wes Fort by T.T. Lucky.

 

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 and will continue over the next 6-9 months, with anticipated completion in late summer/fall 2016.

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 also want to let you know that the City is undertaking a Recreation and Facilities Master Plan in parallel to this project to guide investment in recreational services, programs and facilities over the next 12 to 15 years. The consulting firm Sierra Planning + Management has been retained to lead the development of this Master Plan and as part of this process will seek to determine current needs, issues and priorities for recreation and facility investment in Thunder Bay. Your insight and input will be as important to their work. We will continue to work closely with Sierra over the course of the project to align consultation opportunities with stakeholder groups wherever possible to minimize consultation overload and avoid any inconvenience.

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

 

  Stay with us this summer, whether it is in your RV or tent or in one of our new wheelchair accessible log cabins. Click here for more details  


 The park offers a number of amusement rides aimed at the young and not so young including the historic Merry-Go-Round.  Animals of Northwestern Ontario are showcased in our Wildlife Exhibit . These animals have all been raised in captivity or have been rescued as abandoned offspring.

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 3 and the last on September 4.

2016 Sundays in the Park Schedule - Available

 

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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Check out some pictures !

http://www.cbc.ca/thunderbay/photogalleries/cbcthunderbay/#p-pgallery 

If you have any pictures of Chippewa Park that you would like to share, please bring them out to the park and we will scan them into our computer and add them to our growing data base on the history of the park.  We want your stories too!

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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