The City is improving the playground at Benner Park. These improvements are part of an ongoing city-wide program to ensure our playgrounds provide safe and accessible fun for many years to come!

  • October 2022: Community engagement (survey)
  • December 2022: Detailed design
  • Late Spring 2023: Construction starts
  • Late Fall 2023: Construction complete, playground opens

The timeline is subject to change.

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November 2022

Final Playground Design

The final design for the new Benner Park Playground, which has been refined based on community feedback. It is a combination of bright colours including yellow, orange, purple and blue, and includes the play features listed below.

The final playground design and layout was determined using feedback from the community. The new playground will be accessible and will include the following features:

  • Two swing sets with:
    • Two belt swings
    • One toddler swing
    • One accessible swing
    • One group swing
  • One junior play structure for ages two to five with:
    • One twister slide
    • Jungle net climber
    • Stepping pod climber
    • Gadget panel
    • Jet spring rider
    • Standalone climber
  • One senior play structure for ages five to 12 with:
    • Two snake slides
    • One double slide
    • Two overhead climbers
    • Jungle net climber
    • Stair climber
    • Vertical Tower Climber
    • Maze, braille, and solar system panels
  • One talk tube set
  • Tubular chime instrument

October 2022

Online Survey

From October 14, 2022 to October 30, 2022, feedback on multiple playground design options was collected in an online survey. The survey was promoted through paid social media ads, outreach to nearby schools, on-site signage, and on this web page. The survey received a total of 331 responses.

The design team will use this feedback to refine a final design. The final design will be available on this page in late 2022.

Key Feedback Highlights
  • When asked to rank their playground design preference, respondents ranked Playground Design C highest (37 per cent) followed by Playground Design B (32 per cent) and Playground Design A (31 per cent).
  • Respondents shared that the three most important features to include in the new playground are:
    • climbing structures
    • senior play structure for ages five to 12
    • junior play structure for ages two to five
  • Respondents shared that the three least important features to include in the new playground are:
    • Spinner toys
    • Play panels
    • stand-alone toys (e.g., spinning toys, teeter totters)
  • If budget permits, the three features respondents would like more of in the improved playground (this would impact the existing mature trees) are:
    • climbing structures
    • senior play structures for ages five to 12
    • belt swings
  • For seating around the playground:
    • 49 per cent of respondents like seat walls (large stones that form a short wall that you can sit on)
    • 73 per cent of respondents like picnic tables
    • 82 per cent of respondents like benches
  • The preferred colour scheme for the new playground was bright colours, like yellow, orange, and purple (58 per cent) over earthy colours like green, brown, and grey (29 per cent).
  • A number of participants noted the wish for a splash pad, adult program options (outside of scope) and a sandbox.
Playground Options

All three designs are accessible, have the same amount of play features and cost the same amount.

Playground Design A

Playground Design A for the Benner Park Playground improvements, looking to the North West to the south east. From the left to the right it includes a senior play structure, one weeble totter, multiple talk tubes, one junior play structure, one play panel and one swing set with accessible swing, one toddler swing, and one belt swing.

Design A includes:

  • A swing set with:
    • one belt swing
    • one toddler swing
    • one accessible swing
  • One junior play structure for ages two to five with:
    • one double slide
    • one sway seat
    • one woodland café panel
    • one climber
  • One senior play structure for ages five to 12 with:
    • one double slide
    • four climbing options
    • one horizontal ladder, cargo net
    • one swing wheel, stepping saucers and pebble link
    • multiple play panels
  • One butterfly spring ride
  • One accessible piano panel
  • Multiple talk tubes
  • One snake balance beam
  • One weeble totter
Playground Design B

Playground Design B for the Benner Park improvements, looking to the North West to the south east. From the left to the right it includes a swing set with two toddler swings and one accessible swing, one game table, one junior play structure, one sensory panel, one sit down spin toy, one senior play structure and one swing with two belt swings.

Design B includes:

  • Two swing sets with:
    • Two belt swings
    • Two toddler swings
    • One accessible swing
  • One junior play structure for ages two to five with:
    • One double slide
    • One bumper ladder
    • Two climbing options
    • One observation deck with steering wheel
    • One ATV spring rider
  • One senior play structure for ages five to 12 with:
    • One spiral slide
    • One pod hopper climber
    • Four climbing options
    • Multiple play panels
  • One sensory panel
  • One game table
  • One sit down spin toy
  • Two small spinning toys
Playground Design C

Playground Design C for the Benner Park Playground improvements, looking to the north-west to the south east. From the left to the right it includes a swing set with two belts swings, tubular sound tubes, one large senior play structure and one talk tube set, jet spring rider, one junior play structure and one swing set with one accessible swing and one toddler swing.

Design C includes:

  • Two swing sets with:
    • Two belt swings
    • One toddler swing
    • One accessible swing
  • One junior play structure for ages two to five with:
    • One twister slide
    • Jungle net
    • Stepping pod climber
    • Jet spring rider
    • Gadget panel
  • One senior play structure for ages five to 12 with:
    • Two snake slides
    • One double slide
    • Four climbing options
    • Jungle net
    • Maze and solar system panel
  • One talk tube set
  • Tubular sound tubes

Benner Park is located at 25 Benner Ave., near Allen Road and Glencairn Avenue.  The playground is located south of Viewmount Road.

The playground and adjacent area currently include:

  • Two separate swing sets with:
    • Two swings for ages two to five
    • Two swings for ages five and up
  • A junior play structure with a small double slide
  • A senior play structure with:
    • One large slide
    • One triple slide
  • Two spring toys
  • Sand under all play areas
  • Five benches
  • One picnic table
  • Planting beds
  • Mature trees

The playground will be redesigned using feedback from the community. The redesigned playground is proposed to include:

  • Playground equipment for ages two to 12
  • Accessible play equipment and an accessible pathway connecting to the playground area. This means that people of all abilities will be able to play at this playground.
  • Engineered wood fibre playground surfacing
  • Updated seating

Improvements will only be made in the general playground area and are dependent on budget. This project will not include improvements to other areas of the park.