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 While the playground closest to you may seem old and outdated, there may be others outside of your area that need replacement first.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 November 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.

  • Devon Down Park
    This new playground is currently under construction and will be complete December 2020.

    Construction Update:
    Construction is well underway and will continue into late November. Playground equipment has been installed and paving is complete and landscaping including trees and sod will be installed in the coming weeks.
    With the park under renovation, we know the neighbourhood is keen on playing on the new playground equipment. We appreciate your patience as we navigate construction at different park locations through the fall. If nothing is happening at the park, don’t worry! We will be back soon to continue building your new playground. Please stay safe and keep back from the construction area and away from the perimeter fencing.

    View renderings and the consultation summary.

  • Moose Park 
    This new playground is currently under construction and will be complete December 2020.

    Construction Update:
    Construction is well underway and will continue into late November. Playground equipment has been installed and paving is complete and landscaping including trees and sod will be installed in the coming weeks.
    With the park under renovation, we know the neighbourhood is keen on playing on the new playground equipment. We appreciate your patience as we navigate construction at different park locations through the fall. If nothing is happening at the park, don’t worry! We will be back soon to continue building your new playground. Please stay safe and keep back from the construction area and away from the perimeter fencing.

    View renderings and the consultation summary.

 

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.

Mohawk Park accessible playground

We are excited to share that the new accessible playground at Mohawk Park is complete and ready for play.
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 needs 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 physical, sensory, visual, and auditory sensitivities. For more information on how this playground was designed for all abilities, please contact Parks & Recreation.

This new playground includes many new and exciting features:

  • 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

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

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