The City is improving Bristol Avenue Parkette West to increase accessibility, to ensure the playground is in good condition for users and to better serve the community! The improvements will include a new playground and sandbox, a new multi-use trail, additional seating and a bottle filling station.
This timeline is subject to change.
The City of Toronto is improving Bristol Avenue Parkette Playground as part of the State of Good Repair program. The redesigned playground and surrounding area will include:
The final playground design will be developed through consultation with the community.
In August, the City presented three draft designs for the new playground and proposed improvements for the area around the playground. The survey was available to complete online from August 9 to August 23, 2020. In total, the survey received 80 responses.
The results of the survey led to the selection and refinement of one playground option for the new Bristol Avenue Parkette Playground. An online survey to collect final comments on these refined designs will be available until September 27. Please see the Get Involved section for details.
80% of survey respondents preferred design option 2:
Option 2 shows:
In order to refine option 2 to reflect the feedback shared through the survey, the disk swing was replaced with four swings in the new design, including two belt swings; one accessible swing; and, one bucket (junior) swing. The playground will also be painted in lighter colours to prevent overheating from the sun.
Though participants also suggested adding more and larger play structures, more natural play elements, rubber surface instead of sand, and water features, these are not possible due to both budgetary and/or space constraints.
The refined design for Bristol Avenue Parkette Playground includes:
In addition to new playground equipment, the following improvements around the playground were proposed in the August online survey:
81% of survey respondents like the proposed improvements around the playground. Based on the suggestions received in the online survey, the following changes were made to the design:
Additional garbage bins will be provided, close to the playground
Overall, the final improvements around the playground will include:
Survey participants noted they would like all existing trees to remain. No trees will be disturbed during the park and playground improvements.
Additionally, some survey respondents requested lighting improvements and improved connection between the park and Dufferin Street. Though this is outside the scope of this project, lighting improvements will be considered in future phases of the larger Green Line project, which includes this park.
Budget and space constraints prevent other suggestions received through the online survey from being implemented, including adding various sports courts/fields, adult fitness equipment, landscape changes, a dog off-leash area.
An online survey was available from August 9 to 23 to gather feedback on the following options for the playground and surrounding area.
Download the survey feedback summary.
The City has developed three design options for the playground equipment. Instead of sand, the new playground will sit on top of a woodchip-like surface, called Engineered Wood Fibre. This surface improves access to the playground for kids of all abilities. For example, this surface improves access for kids who use a wheelchair. A sandbox will be included in the new design, next to the playground.
All three playground options displayed are accessible. This means that kids of all abilities will be able to play on the new playground in various ways.
Option 1 shows:
Option 2 shows:
Option 3 shows:
In addition to new playground equipment, improvements around the playground will include a new multi-use trail that will improve the accessibility of the playground, a sandbox, additional seating and a new water bottle filler.
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