The National Capital Commission’s (NCC) Board of Directors has approved the final design for Pangishimo Park, a new 0.3-hectare waterfront destination on the western shoreline of Chaudière Island at Zibi.
Pangishimo Park – the Algonquin word for sunset – will showcase art and interpretative installations designed in collaboration with Algonquin Anishinabe partners, as well as Artscape, a not-for-profit organization working on creative placemaking at Zibi.
In line with Zibi’s One Planet principles, the park will feature a selection of native plant species, selected in collaboration with its Algonquin Anishinabe partners.
Scheduled to open in Spring 2021, the park will include an accessible path connecting the Ottawa River shoreline behind the Canadian War Museum to nearby Chaudière Falls Park, as well as a boardwalk and multiple lookouts to enjoy the sunset from the island’s shoreline. Its design also includes a grassy area for informal recreation as well as naturalized play elements for children.
Pangishimo Park is part of a larger agreement between the NCC and Zibi, which requires Zibi to fund and build several public realms, such as shoreline experiences and pathways to improve connectivity.
In addition to its plans to create a number of parks, public squares and plazas throughout the 34-acre borderless waterfront city, Zibi will also collaborate with the NCC to develop two waterfront parks: Mòkaham Park (meaning sunrise in Algonquin) and Tesasini Park (meaning flat rock in Algonquin). The parks will be located on the east side of the Chaudière Island and on the Gatineau shoreline, respectively.
With Pangishimo Park, Zibi will cement its place as one of the National Capital Region’s most coveted spots to view the Ottawa River and its magnificent sunsets.