The City is planning improvements to the playground in Ellesmere 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

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

The timeline is subject to change.

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March 2022

Online Survey

From January 21 to March 6, 2022, feedback on multiple playground design options was collected in an online survey. The survey was promoted through paid post cards, social media ads, outreach to nearby schools, the local Councillor’s office, on-site signage, and on this web page. The survey received a total of 99 responses, which included feedback from 165 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 C highest (41 per cent) followed by Playground Design B (39 per cent) and Playground Design A (19 per cent).
  • Respondents shared that the five most important features to include in the new playground are:
    • climbing Structure
    • the senior play structure for ages five to 12
    • the junior play structure for ages two to five
    • belt swings
    • toddler swings
  • Respondents shared that the three least important features to include in the new playground are:
    • straight slide
    • play panels
    • saucer swing
  • If budget permits, the three features respondents would like more of in the improved playground are:
    • the senior play structure for ages five to 12
    • climbing structures
    • stand-alone toys
  • For seating around the playground:
    • 59 per cent of respondents like seatwalls
    • 86 per cent of respondents like benches
    • 75 per cent of respondents like picnic tables
  • The preferred colour scheme for the new playground was bright colours, like yellow, orange, and purple (74 per cent) over earthy colours like green, brown, and grey (14 per cent).

Playground Options

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

Playground Design A

Playground Design A for the Ellesmere Park Playground improvements, with features as described following the image

Design A includes:

  • A swing set with:
    • two belt swings
    • two toddler swings
    • one hybrid swing
  • One junior play structure for ages one and a half to five with:
    • one double slide
    • double climbing feature
  • One senior play structure for ages five to 12 with:
    • one double slide
    • one climbing net
    • one climbing pole
    • one spiral climbing pole
    • multiple play panels
    • two horizontal swinging ladders
    • one wobbly play toy
    • one stepping saucer
  • One medium-sized climbing structure
Playground Design B

Playground Design B for the Ellesmere Park Playground improvements, with features as described following the image

Design B includes:

  • A swing set with:
    • two belt swings
    • two toddler swings
    • one accessible swing
  • One junior play structure for ages two to five with:
    • one double slide
    • one climbing feature
    • one spiral puzzle
  • One senior play structure for ages five to 12 with:
    • one straight slide
    • one wavy slide
    • one climbing step pole
    • two stepping saucers
    • three sets of monkey bars
    • one arm-peddle play feature
    • multiple play panels
  • Two medium-sized climbing structures
  • One stand-up spinner toy
Playground Design C

Playground Design C for the Ellesmere Park Playground improvements, with features as described following the image

  • A swing set with:
    • two belt swings
    • two toddler swings
  • One junior play structure for ages one and a half to five with:
    • one curved slide
    • two climbing options
    • one climbing pole
  • One senior play structure for ages one and a half to 12 with:
    • two curved slides
    • one spiral climber
    • one cargo net climber
    • one straight horizontal ladder
    • one twisted climber
    • two stepping saucers
    • multiple play panels
  • One sensory dome
  • One saucer swing
  • One play panel with single seat

Ellesmere Park Playground is located at 20 Canadian Rd., near Ellesmere and Warden Ave in Scarborough. The existing medium-sized playground is being upgraded with the following improvements:

  • Full playground redesign
  • New playground safety surfacing
  • Additional seating
  • New accessible pathways
  • Sodding