The City is improving Bob Acton Park and adding a new playground! Community feedback collected during the community engagement process will help determine the park improvements and new playground design. The project is organized into two phases. In order to not delay construction of the playground, community engagement will happen separately for each phase.

The project is organized into two phases: Phase 1 which includes a new playground, and Phase 2, developing a Master Plan to inform all other park improvements.

Timelines are subject to change.

  • August to September 2022: Pre-community engagement
  • Fall 2022: Hire a consultant team
  • Winter to Spring 2023: Background work and proposed design

Phase 1

  • June to July 2023: Community engagement for playground
  • July to August 2023: Detail design work for playground
  • August to September 2023: Hire a contractor for playground
  • Winter 2023/2024: Construction for playground starts
  • Spring 2024: Construction for playground complete

Phase 2

Details regarding Phase 2 are to be confirmed.

  • June to September 2023: Community engagement for Master Plan
  • August to September 2023: Revisions to Master Plan
  • September to October 2023: Master Plan next steps and planning for implementation
  • October 2023: Present final Master Plan

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Community Engagement Phase 2: Exploring Design Options

September 2023

Online Survey

From September 1 to 27, an online survey collected feedback on the preliminary Master Plan options for the park.

August 2023

Bob Acton Park Pop-Up

On August 10, 2023, the project team and local Councillor were at Bob Acton Park to speak with local community members about the proposed improvements and new playground coming to the park. The preliminary Master Plan options and playground design options were shared with attendees.

July 2023

Public Meeting

On July 11, 2023, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., a public meeting took place at the Beaches Recreation Centre to share and receive community feedback on the Bob Acton Park Preliminary Master Plan and three playground design options.

June 2023

Online Survey

From June 22 to August 18, an online survey was available for community members to provide their feedback on the draft playground design options for the new playground coming to the park.

January 2023

Design development is underway. Design options will be presented later this spring and there will be opportunities for the community to provide feedback.

Community Engagement Phase 1: Building a Vision

Download the Community Engagement Phase 1 Summary Report.

Summer 2022

Pop-up Events

The project team hosted three on-site pop-up events, one at the Beaches International Jazz Festival on July 24, 2022, another at East Lynn Farmer’s Market on July 28, 2022, and one at Bob Acton Park on August 17, 2022. The goal was to provide an opportunity for community members to ask questions and share their ideas and vision for the park improvements.

Online Survey

From July 26 to August 19, 2022, an online survey collected thoughts and ideas on ways to improve the park.

Bob Acton Park is located at 45 William Hancox Ave., just north of Gerrard Street East between Main Street and Victoria Park Avenue. The park currently includes:

  • A shade structure
  • A sand box
  • Benches
  • Large open lawn area
  • Pathways
  • Trees and shrubs

The park is being improved with new features and amenities, including a new playground. The playground is proposed to include:

  • Play equipment for ages two to 12
  • Additional seating
  • New playground surfacing
  • 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