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

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

Project Timeline

  • Fall 2021: Community engagement survey (online survey)
  • Winter to Spring 2022: Detailed design and hire a construction team
  • Summer 2022: Construction starts
  • Fall 2022: Construction complete, playground reopens

The timeline is subject to change.

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December 2021

Online Survey

From December 1 to December 15, 2021, feedback on multiple playground design options was collected in an online survey. The survey was promoted through paid social media ads, the local Councillor’s office, on-site signage, and on this web page. The survey received a total of 275 responses, which included feedback from 871 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 spring 2022.

Key Feedback Highlights
  • When asked to rank their playground design preference, respondents ranked Playground Design B highest (59 per cent) followed by Playground Design A (24 per cent) and Playground Design C (17 per cent).
  • Respondents shared that the five most important features to include in the new playground are:
    • climbing features
    • belt swings
    • toddler swings
    • combination Junior/Senior play structure for ages two to 12
    • group/accessible swing
  • Respondents shared that the three least important features to include in the new playground are:
    • stand-alone toys (e.g. spring toys)
    • play panels
    • hanging features
  • If budget permits, the three features respondents would like more of in the improved playground are:
    • climbing features
    • group/accessible swing
    • combination Junior/Senior play structure for ages two to 12
  • For seating around the playground:
    • 83 per cent of respondents like benches
    • 77 per cent of respondents like picnic tables
  • The preferred colour scheme for the new playground was bright primary colours, like yellow, red and blue (37 per cent) over bright non-primary colours, like orange, purple and green (30 per cent) or earthy colours like green, brown, and grey (16 per cent).

Design Options

All three designs are accessible, have the same amount of play features and cost the same amount.

Design A

Playground Design A for the Dunlop Park Playground improvements, with features as described below.

Design A includes:

  • A swing set with:
    • two belt swings
    • two toddler swings
    • one group/accessible swing
  • One junior play structure for ages two to five with:
    • two slides
    • three climbing features
    • one wheel panel
  • One senior play structure for ages five to 12 with:
    • multiple climbing and hanging features forming a circuit
  • One multi-person spring toy
Design B

Playground Design B for the Dunlop Park Playground improvements, with features as described below.

Design B includes:

  • A swing set with:
    • two belt swings
    • one toddler swing
    • one accessible swing
  • One junior play structure for ages two to five with:
    • one curved slide
    • one climbing ladder
    • two play panels
  • One senior play structure for ages five to 12 with:
    • one double slide
    • one curved slide
    • four climbing features
    • one balance beam
    • two hanging features (monkey bars and rings)
  • One multi-person spring toy
Design C

Playground Design C for the Dunlop Park Playground improvements, with features as described below.

Design C includes:

  • A swing set with:
    • two belt swings
    • two toddler swings
    • one accessible/group swing
  • One combination junior/senior play structure for ages two to 12 with:
    • one wave slide
    • one curved slide
    • one crawl tube
    • one sliding pole
    • three climbing features
    • one hanging feature (rings)
    • one piano panel
  • One senior play structure for ages five to 12 with:
    • two hanging features (monkey bars and swing bar)
  • One multi-person spring toy

 

Dunlop Park is a 1.7-hectare park located near Dunlop Avenue and Silvio Avenue in Scarborough. The park features a children’s playground which currently includes:

  • Two swing sets with:
    • Four ┬ábucket swings for ages two to five
    • Four belt swings for ages five and up
  • A junior climbing structure with slides and play panels
  • A senior climbing structure with slides and monkey bars
  • Sand under all play areas

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

  • New playground equipment for ages eighteen months to twelve years
  • Accessible play features 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
  • Engineered wood fiber playground surfacing

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