Above Ground Route
Once the Confederation Line LRT comes off of the Fly Over it will be at grade and gradually tunnel beneath Connaught Avenue. It is assumed that the original tunnel option beneath the park was scrapped due to its high cost which would of had a minimal impact on the park in comparison to the current at grade option. It appears the City of Ottawa has decided that cost is more important than the health and safety of Connaught Park residents. The picture below depicts the LRT at grade gradually making its way to the Connaught Avenue tunnel.
LRT Flyover Bridge
The Lincoln fields to Bayshore route will snake through the park and between the homes on Connaught and Hanlon Avenues. The LRT Flyover at its greatest height will be approximately 5 metres. Once the train comes off of the Fly Over it will be at grade and gradually tunnel beneath Connaught Avenue as depicted in the image above.
Limited Use of the Park During the Construction Period
Starting at some point in 2018, construction of the LRT Flyover Bridge and at grade route will take place and render the entire south end of Connaught Park useless for approximately 3 years. That is providing that everything goes as schedule, so it won’t be before the year 2021 (best case scenario) when the south of the park is restored. The orange square in the image below will be the city’s dumping ground for heavy equipment and construction materials for the duration of the project.