Orchard Park Playground

The Village of New Maryland Recreation & Leisure Services Department is replacing the two aging pieces of equipment at Orchard Park with one new structure that will offer play events for ages 18 months—12 years.

The playground equipment is currently being dismantled and the new structure will be installed starting next week.  We are very pleased to continue on the path of proactively updating our playground equipment over the next few years.

For more information, please contact Michelle in the Recreation & Leisure Services Department at 458-6094 or feel free to send her an e-mail, michelle.sawler@vonm.ca.

Centennial Park Project

July 7 – The Centennial Park Playground Upgrade is now complete and the park has re-opened. The play structure has activities for kids ages ranging from 18 months to 12 years. The spring toy is for ages 2 and up.

The Centennial Park playground is getting a makeover! A new Little Tikes commercial play structure will replace the current metal one and work will begin late June. The new structure will have nine separate “play events” and has activities for children between the ages of 2 and 12. A new spring toy will also be installed. For more information, feel free to contact Michelle in the Recreation Department.

2015 Capital Works Sidewalk Project

The Village of New Maryland’s approved 2015 Capital Works Budget includes the installation of concrete sidewalk on the south side of Cortland Street, between Carlough Street and Melrose Avenue.

This work is now being designed and will be tendered in the very near future. On-site construction activities will take 2-3 consecutive weeks and the work will be completed before the end of September 2015. Affected residents will be advised at a later date as to the Contractor’s schedule.

Generally the work will be completed within the existing Cortland Street right of way, and will include the installation of a 1.8 metre wide concrete sidewalk running parallel to the existing concrete curb. A two (2) metre wide boulevard will be established between the back of the curb and the front of the new sidewalk.

Athletic Park Soccer Field Opens in New Maryland

NEW MARYLAND, NB – JUNE 29, 2015 – New Maryland Mayor Judy Wilson-Shee and the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Member of Parliament for Fredericton, were on-site with Municipal officials and members of the New Maryland Soccer Association to officially open the New Maryland Athletic Park Soccer Field.

“After waiting patiently for the past year for our new soccer field to mature we are pleased to announce the grand opening” stated Mayor Wilson-Shee. “We are excited to be able to offer a regulation size and safe playing field to the growing number of soccer members in our community. The infrastructure improvements to the New Maryland Athletic Park Soccer Field has provided a quality recreational area that will be enjoyed by our youth for many years to come”.

The re-development of the Athletic Park Soccer Field included improvements to the playing surface, the installation of a storm water drainage and attenuation system, and the construction of an access road and driveway, as well as related topographic survey and geotechnical investigation. In addition, perimeter fencing, bleachers, and nets were installed. These improvements will increase the safety of players at the field as well as encourage physical activity and participation.

“Our Government is committed to improving the quality of life for Canadian families, developing prosperous communities and modernizing community infrastructure,” said MP Ashfield, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for New Brunswick and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency). The revitalization of the New Maryland Athletic Park Soccer Field means improved accessibility, increased safety and more opportunities for people to come out and participate in sports, recreation and community events. This quality recreational facility will benefit the community and surrounding areas for many years to come.”

“The addition of this new field in Athletic Park allows the soccer program in New Maryland to be centralized in one location” noted New Maryland Soccer Association President Mike Pope. “The majority of our micro kids were playing soccer at a park that was not designed for that purpose. Adding this field to the recreation hub of New Maryland will build on the spirit of this community and will give our kids the chance to play this great game in a place where it is supposed to be played.”

The total cost of the project was $500,400. The Government of Canada, through ACOA, approved a contribution of $203,000 under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) toward this project while the Village of New Maryland contributed $297,400.

Forbes Property Redevelopment Project

The Village of New Maryland recently held a public consultation meeting on the redevelopment of the “Forbes Property”, located at 208-210 New Maryland Highway.

You can click here to view the five proposals, as well as the presentation that was given.

Water Tower Project

One of the largest projects that the Village is currently working on is the Water Tower Project.  The official title of this project is the “Building Canada Fund-Communities Component, Proposed Water Supply System Upgrades”. In April 2009 we received approval for funding through the Infrastructure Program. The total cost of the project is $4.6 million dollars and each level of government (municipal, provincial and federal) will contribute 1/3 of the funds.

The project includes specific and significant infrastructure upgrades and modifications to improve various supply, storage and distribution components of the municipal water system. The proposed upgrades and modifications are aimed at enhancing system reliability, flexibility and expandability, increasing water storage capacity, and improving the interconnection between adjacent neighborhood water systems.

The project consists of nine sub-projects or activities listed below:

  1. Well Pump/Controls Replacement;

  2. Interconnecting Water Main;

  3. Elevated Water Reservoir (water tower);

  4. Decommission Reservoir/Booster Station;

  5. SCADA;

  6. In-line Blending System;

  7. Water/Sewer Installation;

  8. Decommission Waste Stabilization Pond;

  9. Hydrants.

It is important to note that the completion of the project will improve the storage capacity of our system, however it does not provide an additional water supply source. The Village is concurrently involved in an extensive wellfield exploration project.

To date we have issued three tenders for the water tower project. Contract One was for the installation of ten hydrants and two gate valves. This is only a small portion of the number of hydrants that will be installed for the project. These hydrants were installed in conjunction with the 2009 Street Improvement Program and the remainder of the hydrants will be installed in 2010. You may have noted that the hydrants in the Village are currently painted black. This is to indicate that they are operational for flushing the utility lines only, and not for firefighting capabilities. The new storage tower will provide us with the necessary capacity for firefighting capabilities and once on-line, all of the hydrants in the Village will be painted red to indicate their operational status. The work detailed in Contract One has been completed.

Contract Two is for the elevated water storage reservoir, or water tower. The reservoir represents the cornerstone component of the project. The tower is located to the west of the New Maryland Elementary School, at the end of Sprucewood Drive. The storage capacity of 460,000 gallons will be capable of satisfying peak water demands, fire-fighting flows and emergency water uses for an equivalent service population totaling approximately 3600 people. This contract was issued in September of 2009 and the tower is currently under construction. We will continue to add photos to the website to keep our residents apprised of the status of the construction.

Contract Three was issued in August 2009 for the Interconnecting Water Mains and Access Roadway. This component will create the access roadway and will replace and upgrade key piping sections that hydraulically limit the water delivery to the water distribution network piping and the proposed elevated water storage reservoir. This upgrade will ensure adequate flow capacities from the water supply wells are achieved and maintained, and that the pumping energy needed to deliver water to the elevated reservoir is minimized.

The remainder of the tenders will be issued in early 2010 and we hope to have the new system operational by November 2010. We will provide status reports and updates as contracts are issued throughout the project.

Street Improvement Program

The Village of New Maryland has undertaken an extensive Street Improvement Program valued at approximately 3.6 million dollars.

The results of the two-year program will see improvements to a substantial portion of the streets in the Village. Approximately 7.3 kilometers of street improvement has been completed in 2009 at a cost of $1.7 million dollars. An additional 7.3 kilometers is scheduled for completion in 2010.

Varying degrees of construction improvements were used in the streets. This ranged from a complete rebuild of base materials to the resurfacing of the street. One new technique that was incorporated in the street improvement program was the pulverizing of the surface asphalt and mixing it with the base material. This is seen as a greener approach in reconstructing streets.

Streets or portions thereof that have been completed in 2009 include: Atkinson Lane, Shaw Lane, Springwater Lane, Woodlawn Lane, Sunrise Estates Drive, Sprucewood Drive, Daniel Drive, Phillips Drive, Horncastle Avenue and Bradshaw Drive.

We will update this site to advise residents as tenders and contracts are issued in 2010 to continue the Street Improvement Program.

Summer 2015: At the June 17, 2015 Council meeting, Perfection Paving Ltd. was awarded the contract for the “Stonehurst Avenue and Michelle Street – Street Improvement Program (2015)”. The work will include scarifying, pulverizing and reclamation of existing asphalt/chip seal and granulars of approximately 640 metres on Stonehurst Avenue and Michelle Street. It will also include manhole and catch basin adjustment, fixing/replacing existing swales, the shaping and grading of reclaimed granular materials and asphalt paving. The work will be completed by the end of August 2015.