The City of Toronto is updating the Acacia Park playground. To improve safety and accessibility for playground users, the City is proposing the new playground be relocated to replace the underused baseball diamond.

Project Timeline

  • Summer 2020: online engagement to inform playground location and design
  • Fall 2020: construction begins

Acacia Park, located by Griffith Street and Lilac Avenue, currently includes one playground and one baseball diamond.

Currently, the Acacia Park playground is located in the northwest quadrant of the park. The park is bordered by Griffith Street to the east and Lilac Avenue to the South. It is surrounded by multiple trees and is adjacent to a home on the neighbouring property. A baseball diamond is located in the southwest quadrant of the park, facing the northeast quadrant. The central portion of the park is grass, with trees bordering most of the park's perimeter. The park is surrounded by residential streets of single family homes. There is a large wooded area nearby, to the west of the park.
Current Layout of Acacia Park

The playground has reached the end of its life and needs to be replaced.

The City is proposing that the new playground replace the underused baseball diamond, which has not received any permit request over the last eight years. The existing playground site would be replaced with grass.

Challenges of the current park layout:

  • The playground is in an isolated and low-visibility corner of the park which encourages illegal activity.
  • Young playground users are at risk of being hit by stray baseballs due to the position of the baseball diamond.
  • It will be difficult and costly to create accessible pathways to the current playground location due to its elevation and uneven terrain.
This image shows a new, proposed layout for Acacia park. The park is bordered by Griffith Street to the east and Lilac Avenue to the South. The proposed location for the new playground is shown on top of the current baseball diamond in the southwest quadrant of the park. There are few trees around this new location, and it is close to the park's southern sidewalk. The old playground site in the northwest quadrant is replaced with grass. Trees still border most of the park's perimeter and the central portion of the park is grass. The park is surrounded by residential streets of single family homes. There is a large wooded area nearby, to the west of the park.
Proposed Layout of Acacia Park

The City is proposing this new layout to improve safety and accessibility for playground users.

Benefits of the proposed layout:

  • The playground’s location is more central and visible, discouraging illegal activity and improving safety for young users.
  • The playground’s location and the elimination of the underused baseball diamond removes the risk of young playground users being hit by stray baseballs.
  • The position and even terrain of the new playground location makes it easier and less costly to build an accessible playground and pathway to the playground.
  • The previous baseball outfield will now be available for informal park activities.

The playground cannot be relocated to the outfield of the baseball diamond, as stray baseballs would pose a safety risk to playground users.

There are three initial playground design options for Acacia Park Playground.

All three design options have the same level of accessibility, the same number of play features, and generally the same cost.

All design options include:

  • 2 Park Benches on a concrete pad
  • Junior Equipment (for ages 2 to 5 years)
  • Senior Equipment (for ages 5 to 12 years)
  • Junior Swing, Senior Swing and Accessible Swing
  • Accessible ramp into the playground
  • An accessible walkway connection from Lilac Avenue
  • Wood Chip Safety Surfacing throughout (instead of sand)

The three playground design options follow. Equipment colours have been shown for reference only and will be chosen based on feedback from community members.

Option 1

A computer rendering showing what the playground describe in Option 1 might look like.

Option 1 includes:

  • One large play structure with three slides and equipment for kids from 2 to 12 years old
  • A separate monkey bar structure
  • A separate swing structure with:
  • One swing for ages 2 to 5
  • One swing for ages 5 to 12
  • One accessible swing

Option 2

A computer rendering showing what the playground describe in Option 2 might look like.

Option 2 Includes:

  • Two play structures:
    • One for kids from 2 to 5 years old, with three small slides and small climbing features
    • One for kids from 5 to 12 years old, with one large slide and multiple large climbing features
  • A separate swing structure with:
    • One swing for ages 2 to 5
    • One swing for ages 5 to 12
    • One accessible swing
  • A bouncing character (shown as a dog character)

Option 3

A computer rendering showing what the playground describe in Option 3 might look like.

Option 3 Includes:

  • One large play structure with 3 slides and equipment for kids from 2 to 12 years old
  • A separate climbing structure
  • A separate swing structure with:
    • One swing for ages 2 to 5
    • Two swings for ages 5 to 12
    • One accessible swing
  • A bouncing/spring feature (shown as a bee character)
  • A spinning seat (show in green, on the left-hand side)

July 23, 2020

Online Survey

The phase one online survey is closed. Findings from the survey will be posted to the website when they are available.

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