Review the most recent survey results in the Project Updates section.

The City is improving the playground in Bill Hancox Park. These improvements are part of an ongoing city-wide state-of-good-repair program to ensure our playgrounds provide safe and accessible fun for many more years to come!

  • March to April 2022: Community engagement (online survey)
  • May to July 2022: Detailed design
  • September to November 2022: Tender and hire a construction team
  • Early Spring 2023: Construction starts
  • Late Summer 2023: Construction complete, playground reopens

The timeline is subject to change.

March 2022

Online Survey

From February 18 to March 18, 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, the local Councillor’s office, on-site signage, and on this web page. The survey received a total of 660 responses, which included feedback from 880 participants of various ages.

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

Key Feedback Highlights
  • When asked to rank their playground design preference, respondents ranked Playground Design B highest (43 per cent) followed by Playground Design C (29 per cent) and Playground Design A (28 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:
    • musical instruments
    • spinner toys
    • play panels
  • If budget and space permits, the three features respondents would like more of in the improved playground are:
    • climbing structures
    • the senior play structure for ages five to 12
    • stand-alone toys (e.g. teeter-totter, spring toy, balance beams, etc.)
  • For seating around the playground:
    • 61 per cent of respondents like seatwalls
    • 68 per cent of respondents like picnic tables
    • 81 per cent of respondents like benches
  • The preferred colour scheme for the new playground was earthy colours like green, brown and grey (33 per cent) over primary colours, like yellow, red and blue (23 per cent) and non-primary colours, like orange, purple and green (26 per cent)
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 Bill Hancox Park Playground Improvements, looking to the north-east. From the lower left to the upper right, it includes a swingset with two belt swings, one toddler swing and one accessible swing, a cup spinner, a large senior play structure, junior play structure.

Design A includes:

  • A swingset with:
    • two belt swings
    • one toddler swing
    • one accessible swing
  • One junior play structure for ages two to five with:
    • one straight slide
    • one wave slide
    • one climbing option
    • two play panels
    • two climbing walls
    • one overhead climber
  • One senior play structure for ages five to 12 with:
    • one angled slide
    • one wave slide
    • three climbing options
    • one climbing wall
    • two play panels
    • two elevated bridges
    • two stepping blocks
    • two overhead climbers
    • one balance beam
  • One cup spinner
Playground Design B

Design B includes:

  • A swingset with:
    • two belt swings
    • one toddler swings
    • one accessible swing
  • One junior play structure for ages two to five with:
    • two wave slides
    • three play panels
    • two climbing options
    • one rocking toy
    • one climbing chain wall
    • one stepping block
    • one stepping block with pole
    • one quiet seat
  • One senior play structure for ages five to 12 with:
    • one spiral slide
    • four stepping blocks
    • two climbing options
    • two overhead climbers
    • one climbing wall
    • four stepping blocks with pole
  • Two spinner seats
  • One teeter-totter
  • One play panel
  • One musical instrument
  • One chin-up bar
Playground Design C

Playground Design C for the Bill Hancox Park Playground Improvements, looking to the south. From the top left to the bottom right, it includes a swingset with two belt swings, one disc swing, one accessible swing, a senior play structure, a teeter totter and a junior play structure.

Design C includes:

  • A swingset with:
    • two belt swings
    • one disc swing
    • one accessible swing
  • One junior play structure for ages two to five with:
    • one double slide
    • three climbing options
    • two play panels
  • One senior play structure for ages five to 12 with:
    • one wave slide
    • one curved slide
    • six climbing options
    • one fireman pole
    • two elevated bridges
    • one play panel
  • One teeter-totter
  • Two play panels

Bill Hancox Park is located at 101 Bridgeport Dr., near Port Union Road and Lawrence Avenue East in Scarborough. The playground is located at the south end of the park.

The playground and area adjacent to the playground currently include:

  • One swing set with:
    • Two swings for ages two to five
    • Two swings for ages five and up
  • A junior play structure with a small double metal slide
  • A senior play structure with one large metal slide
  • Two spring toys
  • One teeter-totter
  • Sand under all play areas
  • Four benches around the playground area
  • Memorial boulder
  • Fountain/dog bowl

The playground and area adjacent to the playground will be redesigned using feedback from the community and is proposed to include:

  • Combined junior and senior accessible play equipment for ages two to 12 years
  • Woodchip playground surfacing
  • Accessible ramp
  • New seating
  • Upgraded pathways
  • Ping pong table
  • Picnic table with game board
  • Upgraded planting beds

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