Current Projects

Playground Renovations

Our department works hard year-round to update parks and playgrounds. Learn more about our playground renovation and rehabilitation program as well as our current and upcoming renovations and projects below.

Playground renovation and rehabilitation program

Did you know that our Parks and Recreation department has a playground replacement program? We update our parks and playgrounds continuously with fun and exciting new equipment. We also add new paved paths, benches, signs and trees. All these improvements help to make sure our playgrounds are inclusive, so everyone can enjoy them. The size and shape of each new playground depends on many factors. We work very hard to make sure that each playground design is the best it can be and residents have a chance to offer input. It takes two years to complete a new playground. In year one, the playground is planned and designed. In year two, the playground is built then opened for you to use.

How we decide which playgrounds are replaced first

We use a variety of factors in choosing which playgrounds will be replaced. The most important of these factors is safety. Our playgrounds are inspected monthly. Important things like broken metal, rust, unleveled decking, and safety surfacing are all looked at. Findings from these inspections help us figure out which playgrounds need to be replaced sooner than others. We try our best to make sure that one playground in each area of the city is replaced each year.

We understand that there are many playgrounds across the city that needs an upgrade. While the playground closest to you may seem old and outdated, there may be others outside of your area that need replacement first. We appreciate your patience as we continue to move through our replacement list. Please call or email us if you have any questions about a park near you.

Recent playground renovations

The following four parks completed in fall of 2018 are open for community use:

Playground renovations currently in the construction phase

The following parks will begin construction summer of 2019:

  • City View Park
    (view renderings and plans of the upcoming construction)
    Construction of the new City View Park playground is underway and we are expecting playground equipment very soon. The new playground will include new play equipment, paved paths, new trees and much more. The park will also include a new water service that makes a winter ice rink possible should volunteers become available. Are you interested in starting an ice rink at City View Park? Contact Parks & Recreation for more information. Do not forget to visit our Parks & Recreation facebook page for photo updates as our playground renovation project progresses throughout the fall.
  • Cockshutt Park
    (view renderings and plans of the upcoming construction)
    Construction of the new Cockshutt Park playground is underway and we are expecting playground equipment has just been installed. Did you notice that the colours of the new playground match the Arnold Anderson Baseball Stadium? Do not forget to visit our Parks & Recreation facebook page for photo updates as our playground renovation project progresses throughout the fall.
  • Grandwoodlands Park
    (view renderings and plans of the upcoming construction)
    Construction at Grandwoodlands Park is well underway and will be completed soon. The new playground has been relocated to a more open and accessible location. New pathways are complete and new play equipment has recently been installed. We are very excited for this new playground to be open for residents to enjoy and appreciate your patience as we finalize drainage in the park and install play surfacing. Do not forget to visit our Parks & Recreation facebook page for photo updates as our playground renovation project progresses throughout the fall.
  • Orchard Park
    (view renderings and plans of the upcoming construction)
    Construction at Orchard Park is well underway and will be completed soon. The new playground has been relocated to a more open and accessible location. New pathways are complete and new play equipment has recently been installed. We are very excited for this new playground to be open for residents to enjoy and appreciate your patience as we finalize drainage in the park and install play surfacing. Do not forget to visit our Parks & Recreation facebook page for photo updates as our playground renovation project progresses throughout the fall.
  • Preston Park (Lansdowne Park Relocation)
    (view renderings and plans of the upcoming construction)
    Construction at Preston Park is well underway and will be completed soon. The new playground was placed under mature trees which cast the perfect amount of shade. New pathways will be paved before the end of September and new play equipment is scheduled for installation in November. We are very excited for this new playground to be open for residents to enjoy and appreciate your patience as we deal with rainy weather delays. Do not forget to visit our Parks & Recreation facebook page for photo updates as our playground renovation project progresses throughout the fall.

Please note: Recreation Park will now be delayed until 2020 - Please contact Parks & Recreation for more information.

Playgrounds currently in the design phase (construction will begin spring of 2020)

  • Recreation Park

    We will be completing additional public consultation for the new playground at Recreation Park. The current location of the playground will not accommodate new playground regulations and safety setbacks as well as the overall size of the new and exciting park design. We would like to bring two options for the future of Recreation Park to the community including the following:

    • Option #1: Remove the existing baseball diamond and relocate the playground more central to the parkland. This may also include the option to relocate the baseball diamond to a different neighbourhood park.
      Reasoning for this option: The baseball diamond takes up a large portion of this park. Unfortunately, with today’s safety standards and playground setback requirements, we are not able to maintain both the baseball diamond and new playground within the boundary of Recreation Park. This community is in need of playground recreational opportunities and this option keeps two playgrounds in the neighbourhood. However, this will result in the loss of a programmed baseball diamond in the area as well.
    • Option #2: Remove the playground from Recreation Park in order to keep the baseball diamond and renovate the playground at Charlie Ward Park approximately 450m away. This will result in the loss of one playground to this community.
      Reasoning for this option: Recreation Park and Charlie Ward park are within 450m of one another. This option allows for the baseball diamond in Recreation Park to remain while the playground at Charlie Ward Park can be built with a larger budget (using funds allocated for both parks instead of one). This may allow for a larger and more exciting playground, extra pathways, more trees etc. However, the community will be less one playground in the area as a result.

    Parks & Recreation will be hosting a community meeting to discuss these options further in fall of 2019. Please check back soon for a date, time and location. Feel free to call or email us with your thoughts: parksandtrails@brantford.ca or 519-759-4150

  • Pleasant Ridge Park

    We are excited for the new playground coming soon to Pleasant Ridge Park. As the existing playground is currently located within close proximity to the road, it will be relocated to the center of the park. In order to accommodate the size of this new and exciting playground, the baseball diamond is proposed for removal.
    Be sure to check back here for updates about the project and for a link to our online survey available soon.

  • Moose Park

    We are excited for the new playground coming soon to Moose Park. The new playground will include new playground equipment, paved paths, new trees and benches and a sand play area.
    Be sure to check back here for updates about the project and for a link to our online survey available soon.

  • Spring Street Buck Park

    We are excited for the new playground coming soon to Spring Street Buck Park. The new playground be placed in the same location as the existing playground and will include new playground equipment, paved paths, new trees and benches and a sand play area.
    Be sure to check back here for updates about the project and for a link to our online survey available soon.

  • Devon Down Park

    We are excited for the new playground coming soon to Devon Down Park. The new playground will include new playground equipment, paved paths, new trees and benches and a sand play area.
    A community open house was held on July 31st where we received many helpful comments and ideas from residents. We are currently working on compiling this information to share with the community and using feedback received to make some changes to the design concept.
    Please check back soon for the playground concept and online survey.

We would love to hear from you. Please email or call us with any thoughts or ideas you have about the neighbourhood park playground project closest to you.

Tutela Park splash pad (160 Erie Avenue)

A new splash pad is coming to Tutela Park. The project has been designed and plans are underway for construction.

We are excited to share concept renderings of the new splash pad.

The design is inspired by the winding Grand River that flows through the Eagle Place Neighbourhood. The splash pad will include many different water features that are all fun and exciting in their own way. Using information collected from the community, we made sure that we included as many different features as we could. Each water feature will be different in its own way and the splash pad will include a variety of ground bubblers, ground sprays, a water spray tunnel, overhead sprays and dump buckets. This new splash pad will make for an awesome day in Tutela Park.

Construction is anticipated to begin fall of 2019 and the splash pad will be ready for play summer of 2020.

Mohawk Park accessible playground

We are excited to share that the accessible playground at Mohawk Park will be replaced with brand new playground equipment and ruber surfacing.

This new playground design will be accessible for all and include lots of new and fun features.

The new playground concept for Mohawk Park includes:

  • New playground equipment for ages 2-12 (final equipment layout currently under evaluation)
  • Rubber surfacing around playground - Rubber play mound - Accessible paved pathways including fun activity panels along the way
  • 3-bay swingset including: 2 accessible seats (rubber surfaced) 1 belt, 1 tot & a partner swing (wood fibre surfaced)
  • 2 bay swing set including 3 belts and 1 tot seat (wood fibre surfaced)
  • Sand play area including an accessible sand table - Nature discovery area and natural features including logs and boulders
  • Paved picnic area - New benches
  • Optional paved path loop with exercise activity signs
  • Options paved pathway connection to Forest Road
  • Sensory garden area
  • New signage
  • New trees

Design plans are currently underway and construction has been rescheduled for spring/summer of 2020.

For more infromation please contact Parks & Recreation 519-759-4150 ext 5512 or parksandtrails@brantford.ca

Rotary Centennial Waterworks Park Trail Head and Accessible Ramp Project

The City of Brantford in partnership with The Great Trail is preparing to commence the upgrade of the trail head and trail ramp in Rotary Centennial Waterworks Park. Portions of the trail system in the park will be subject to intermittent closures during the project duration. Full access to the trails will resume when construction is completed. For you safety, please obey all posted construction signs and stay clear of the project area and equipment.

  • Project Start Date: October 9, 2019
  • Completion Date: November 15, 2019

Your cooperation and patience is appreciated while the works are being completed.