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

The City is planning improvements to the playground in Don Russell Memorial 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!

Project Timeline

  • September 2021: Community engagement (survey)
  • October to November 2021: Detailed design
  • December 2021 to February 2022: Hire a construction team
  • Mid-summer 2022: Construction starts
  • Fall 2022: Construction complete, playground reopens

The timeline is subject to change.

May 2022

Final Playground Design

Overhead view of new playground area and swings
Rendering of the playground.
New combined junior/senior playground structure and separate play elements
Alternate rendering of the playground.

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:

  • a play structure
  • five swings
  • a teeter totter
  • spring toy
  • spinner
  • play panel
  • sandbox with accessible sand table
  • rubber playground surfacing

A new accessible pathway connecting the playground and wading pool to Birmingham Street and additional seating with shade was also added to the design.

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Preferred Concept Plan for new park improvements at Don Russell Memorial Park

September 2021

Online Survey

Feedback on multiple playground design options was collected in an online survey from September 15 to September 29, 2021. The survey received a total of 128 responses, which included input from 420 participants of various ages.

Download the full survey summary report for more information.

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Don Russell Memorial Park is located at 290 Birmingham St, west of Kipling Avenue and north of Lake Shore Boulevard West. The playground is located at the south end of the park.

The playground currently includes:

  • Two swing sets with:
    • Two swings for ages two to five
    • Two swings for ages five and up
  • A medium-sized slide
  • A spring toy
  • Sand under all play areas
  • Two benches

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

  • Accessible play equipment for ages 18 months to 12 years and an accessible pathway connecting to the playground area. This means that people of all abilities will be able to play at this playground.
  • Additional seating
  • Woodchip playground surfacing

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