The timeline is subject to change.
The City is looking for local Indigenous community members of all ages and abilities to join a virtual Indigenous Advisory Circle to help inform the redesign of the playground and water play area. Professional experience is not required. Honourarium will be provided for participation in each meeting (two to three meetings are planned).
The first meeting is planned for mid-February. At this meeting, Advisory Circle members will meet the project team and review and provide feedback on playground and water play designs.
Indigenous Elder Catherine Tammaro, who is on the design team, will help guide the inclusion of Indigenous Placekeeping. The Ridge Road will lead the Advisory Circle process.
To apply and for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is February 1, 2023.
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This project is part of Phase 1 of the implementation of the Centennial Park Master Plan, which guides changes to the park over the next 20 years.
The existing playground and wading pool is located at 151 Elmcrest Rd. and accessed from Rathburn Drive. The playground is west of Elmcrest Creek, south of the Centennial Park Conservatory and situated on top of a hill that slopes down to the creek. The existing wading pool is located at the bottom of the hill.
The playground currently includes:
The existing playground and wading pool will be replaced by a large new playground and water play area that will serve the local community and be a destination feature for the City.
The new playground and water play area will include:
In this phase of the community engagement process, the project team introduced the project to the community, which builds on the direction set in the Centennial Park Master Plan. The purpose of this phase is to build a vision for the playground and water play area.
On November 24, project staff presented a project overview to members of the Parks, Forestry, and Recreation (PFR) Community Disability Steering Committee and discussed the committee’s ideas to ensure the space is fun and welcoming for people who have a wide range of abilities.
From November 3 to November 17, an online survey collected feedback from members of the accessibility community on what types of accessible playground and water play features to prioritize in this space, along with other suggestions for how to best remove barriers and build a welcoming space for playground users of all abilities (beyond AODA accessibility standards). The survey was promoted through the Parks, Forestry, and Recreation Community Disability Steering Committee network. Nine people responded to the survey.
On October 20, a member of the project team attended a Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council (TASSC) Friends and Partners Sharing Circle. A brief overview of the project was shared. TASSC members were invited to let the project team know if they would like to be involved or engaged through the design process for the playground and water play area, to help shape the playground and water play features and ensure the space is welcoming for Indigenous communities.
From August 9 to August 28, feedback on the playground use and preferences for the water play features was collected in an online survey. The survey received a total of 655 responses, with 348 responses reaching the end of the survey. The survey was designed for children, youth, adult and group respondents.
Workshops were held in the gymnasium at Olympium Community Centre on August 9 and Hollycrest School on August 16 during summer camps. The workshops involved a creative experience mapping activity designed as a tool for campers to share ideas about their favourite kinds of play, the activities they enjoy, and play area features they like. Across the two workshops, 120 children aged three to 12 were engaged. In addition, 20 camp counsellors aged 16 to 24 participated in the facilitation and provided input.
Key Feedback from Campers (ages three to 12):
Key Feedback from Camp Councillors (teens/young adults):
This phase of the community engagement process will start in winter 2023. In this phase, draft design options for the playground and water play area will be presented to the community for feedback and revision.
This phase of the community engagement process will start in spring 2023. In this phase, a final proposed design for the playground and water play area will be presented to the community for a final round of feedback and revision.