Playground Replacements 2022

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A young smiling boy hangs upside down on a playground climber.

Help us design five playgrounds we’re replacing in 2022:

  • Goldie Park, 63 Memorial Crescent
  • Gosling Gardens Park, 75 Gosling Gardens
  • Herb Markle Park, 175 Cardigan Street
  • Howden Crescent Park, 35 Howden Crescent
  • Sunny Acres Park, 45 Edinburgh Road North

Is one of your favourite parks on our list?


When we replace play equipment, we consider available budget, maintenance, how to make the play equipment fun for everyone and comments from our community. Your participation in engagement will help us choose the right play equipment for your neighbourhood.

We want you to tell us:

  • What kind of equipment you would like to see
  • What you like about the existing playground
  • If there are any specific accessibility features you would like to see included

What's next?

Once we’ve collected and analyzed all of the information received from community engagement, we will use the information to develop requirements for the design of new play equipment. We will send this information to specialized playground designers as part of our process for selecting new play equipment. We will review the design submissions and select the best two designs for each park, then we will then invite you to vote on which one you like best.

Help us design five playgrounds we’re replacing in 2022:

  • Goldie Park, 63 Memorial Crescent
  • Gosling Gardens Park, 75 Gosling Gardens
  • Herb Markle Park, 175 Cardigan Street
  • Howden Crescent Park, 35 Howden Crescent
  • Sunny Acres Park, 45 Edinburgh Road North

Is one of your favourite parks on our list?


When we replace play equipment, we consider available budget, maintenance, how to make the play equipment fun for everyone and comments from our community. Your participation in engagement will help us choose the right play equipment for your neighbourhood.

We want you to tell us:

  • What kind of equipment you would like to see
  • What you like about the existing playground
  • If there are any specific accessibility features you would like to see included

What's next?

Once we’ve collected and analyzed all of the information received from community engagement, we will use the information to develop requirements for the design of new play equipment. We will send this information to specialized playground designers as part of our process for selecting new play equipment. We will review the design submissions and select the best two designs for each park, then we will then invite you to vote on which one you like best.

  • Imagining your next playground

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    Designing a great playground that serves your neighbourhood is so much more than choosing between a swing set and slides.

    What it is: Playground replacements are work we do to already-established parks. When we replace playgrounds, we can change surfacing, equipment to play on and seating within the immediate play area.

    What it isn't: Except where required for accessibility purposes, playground replacements do not expand beyond the footprint of an existing playground to park trails and pathways, trees, seating structures, splash pads and sports amenities. Those items are determined when new parks are built during a master plan process or as separate capital projects.

    Here is a conversation starter to get you thinking about the types of feedback that will help our designers make the best playground for you, your neighbors and the children in your lives.


    Category

    Things you may want to think about and share with us

    Theme

    Is there something special about this park that the playground may be able to support or reflect in the park design or equipment selection? Think about things like:

    • the location, where the park is and what is around it
    • the plants and animals and natural landscape surrounding the park
    • the people who make this area special
    • park or neighbourhood history


    Desired activities

    Think about fun things to do in a playground. What activities would you like to see?

    • climbing
    • swinging
    • spinning
    • puzzle/exploring
    • sliding
    • jumping
    • imagination play
    • …the list of options is endless!

    Age of users

    We always replace playgrounds with equipment suitable for both ages 2-5 and ages 5-12 (and sometimes both at the same time) but some playgrounds may require more focus on use by one age group over another.

    • Think about the people who like to use this park and who might like to use this park in the future. Is the playground already used mainly by older children or younger children? is the neighbourhood aging or are younger families moving in?
    • What ages of play are represented in near-by recreation amenities already, and what ages of children are not already supported well in this area?

    Accessibility

    Building a playground to meet the needs of park neighbours

    In Guelph, we strive to make our playgrounds accessible to children with all kinds of abilities. Playgrounds are a space to grow and develop motor skills and for all children to enjoy the outside world around them through play.

    Neighbourhood playgrounds in particular are tailored to meet the specific needs of the residents who live within a few blocks of the park. If you or a loved one live close to one of these parks and have a special need for skill development, or experience mobility or cognitive challenges that this playground can adapt to meet through special equipment or planning, please let us know how to make this playground inclusive for its neighbours.

    What makes this park special

    Every neighbourhood park has its own flavour, and every neighbourhood is unique. What do we need to know about this neighbourhood to make sure the design works for you and the people around you?

  • Budget Watch

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    Playground replacements are something we budget for every year to keep our community safe and healthy. Replacements are planned for playgrounds across the city and scheduled out as each playground reaches the end of its safe-use lifespan.

    Annual playground replacements are typically funded through our tax base, and has been proposed as part of the 2022 budget process. This budget has been presented to Council on November 16, 2021 and will be up for Council approval on December 22, 2021.

Page last updated: 16 November 2021, 11:55