Current Projects

Playground Renovations

The City's dedicated Parks Services team works hard year-round to update parks and playgrounds. We are pleased to share updates regarding our playground renovation and rehabilitation program as well as our current and upcoming renovations and projects outlined below.

Playground renovation and rehabilitation program

The City's Playground Replacement Program dedicates funds and resources to continuously updating parks and playgrounds 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 

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 While the playground closest to you may seem old and outdated, there may be others outside of your area that need replacement first.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 parks completed in 2019 are now available for community use:

  • Cityview Park
  • Cockshutt Park
  • Grandwoodlands Park
  • Orchard Park
  • Preston Park

Playground renovations currently in the construction phase

Construction for this project has begun and will progress through to October 2020 in the following order:

  • Pleasant Ridge Park
  • Spring Street Buck Park
  • Devon Down Park
  • Moose Park

We understand that a new playground is very exciting and everyone is eager to enjoy each new park. We appreciate your patience as we work through our Contractor’s schedule to complete each playground renovation. See below for more information about each park location.

  • Pleasant Ridge Park (view renderings and plans of the upcoming construction
    Construction of the new Pleasant Ridge Park playground is well underway and will continue into early October. The accessible asphalt pathway is completed and playground equipment is scheduled for installation at approximately the end of September.  The new playground nestled in the shade of many large existing trees will include new play equipment, paved paths, additional trees and much more. Our community consultation summary outlines how the community shared their thoughts and ideas for the new park.  Please stay safe and keep back from the construction area while crews are working hard to build this exciting new playground.

  • Spring Street Buck Park (view renderings and plans of the upcoming construction)
    Construction of the new Spring Street Buck Playground has begun and will continue for the next 4 weeks. Playground equipment is schedule for installation at the beginning of October. The new playground will include new play equipment, paved park paths, new trees and much more. Our community consultation summary outlines how the community shared their thoughts and ideas for the new park.

 

If you would like more information about the project please contact Parks & Recreation. Do not forget to visit our Parks & Rec facebook page for photo updates as our playground renovation project progresses throughout the fall.

Please Note: Recreation Park will be delayed until the construction of the Southwest Sports Complex is completed. Please contact Parks & Recreation for more information.

Playgrounds currently in the design phase

  • Central Park (Construction 2021)
  • Devereux Park (Construction 2021)
  • Hillcrest Park (Construction 2021)
  • Brooklyn Park (construction 2022)

We are excited to begin design plans for your neighbourhood park. Community consultation will begin in winter of 2020 and will include a community meeting, online survey, student activity sheets and, as always, you can call or email us with any questions or ideas.

Please Note: Recreation Park will be delayed until construction of new baseball diamonds at the Southwest Sports Complex is complete. Contact Parks & Recreation for more information.

Tutela Park splash pad (160 Erie Avenue)

A new splash pad is coming to Tutela Park

Construction is under way. Please maintain a safe distance from the construction area.

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.

This exciting new addition to the park has been eagerly anticipated and we look forward to splashing out this summer.

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 rubber 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 to 12 including a large net climber, exciting slides and sensory music area
  • Rubber surfacing with a fun play mound and hill slide
  • Accessible paved pathways including fun activity panels along the path
  • 3 bay swing set including 2 accessible seats (rubber surfaced), 1 belt seat, 1 tot seat and 1 partner swing (wood fibre surfaced)
  • 2 bay swing set with 3 belt seats and 1 tot seat (wood fibre surfaced)
  • Sand play area with natural log border including an accessible sand table
  • Nature discovery area with natural logs and boulders
  • Paved picnic area and new benches
  • Sensory garden area
  • Paved exercise loop with benches and workout signage
  • Paved path connecting to Forest Road

Play equipment selected for the park was determined based on the following input from the community:

  • Feedback from residents at a community open house held on Feb 20, 2019;
  • Communication with students from W. Ross MacDonald School;
  • Communication with students from Lansdowne Children’s Centre;
  • Calls and emails received from residents; as well as
  • An online survey (26 responses received)

We are very excited to share renderings of the awesome playground equipment coming soon to Mohawk Park. This playground was designed for kids and adults of all ages and abilities. With permeable rubber playground surfacing and pathways with a shallow slope, those with mobility issues can access every part of the new playground. Transfer stations, special accessible seats, fun activity panels and even a pull up “gas station” will make for a fun experience for all. Much thought was put into including different features for all abilities including but not limited to those with sensory, visual, and auditory sensitivities. For more information on how this playground was designed for all abilities, please contact Parks & Recreation.

The new Mohawk Park design also includes an exercise walking loop with exercise signage for everyone to partake in. Accessible paths will lead to both the playground parking lot as well as Forest Road. We have even utilized wood from trees removed elsewhere in the city to create exciting new natural features throughout the space.

Construction is well underway and will continue through to October of 2020. Playground equipment is scheduled for installation at the end of September. Rubber surfacing and paving of pathways will follow. Keep checking back for bi-weekly updates as the project progresses.

Please Note: The existing playground and parking lot will be closed while construction is underway. We know this is a very exciting project and many people are eager to use the new playground. We will try our best to finish this project as quickly as possible. Please use caution when in the park and stay away from the construction site.

Be sure to check back here and follow Parks & Recreation on social media for updates as the project progresses.

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