Rachel Chung and Amaris Gerson
applying focal statistics to the social criteria, if was found that
higher population of youth in the west and southern census tract (figure 6).
The highest population of seniors was found in the north end of the
36.2% for tract 27 (figure 7). The average
income range between the lowest and
highest income was approximately $24,000. The wealthiest neighbourhoods
located in the south and east ends, while the lowest income is located
central regions (figure 8). As expected, the
most densely populated areas were located
in the city centre (figure 9). After applying
the social MCE, tract 6, 7 and 12
were ranked the highest (figure 10).
Areas that were unsuitable with the accessibility buffers were small and typically towards the periphery of the city (figure 11, figure 12, figure 14 and figure 15). The only buffer result that had significant conclusions was the distance from the current recreation centres buffer (figure 13). It highlighted major portion of Southern Guelph that lacked access to a recreation centre. Most of the city was unaffected by soil type restrictions. Only a few areas consisted of muck, water, and stream course soil types (figure 16).
Each segment of land in the city of Guelph was given a value based on its computation from the final MCE results (figure 17). The results produced from the final MCE allowed us to identify two suitable sites for the placement of a new recreational facility, as seen in figure 18. Both sites are located in the census tract labelled 5500001.09. The total area of this tract is 7.2926 km2, with the population composed of 3.41% seniors and 32.73% youth. The population density is 804.38/km2 and an average household income of $43,564.
This tract has a lower percentage of seniors and population density, compared to all the other census tracts in Guelph. However, it is ranked third in terms of percentage of youth. Both sites are located on a Dumfries soil type. This soil is classified as well drained and suitable for construction. Both sites are surrounded by cycling routes. The closest recreation center is Centennial Pool, located approximately 4.5km from the sites.
Site 1 can be seen in figure 18, with an area of 406,547m2. The Wellington County for Continuing Education adult school is located directly on the site and it is accessible by bus routes 51 and 54. It is also located directly on Gordon Street, one of the city’s major roadways. Site 2 is also visible in figure 18. It has an area of 601,677 m2. Sir. Isaac Brock Public School is located on site. Site two is situated on Victoria Road South, another major road in the city. It is accessible by bus route 54. In general, both sites are suitable for siting a recreational facility according to the criteria and constraints we proposed.