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

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

Project Timeline

  • February/March 2022: Community Engagement (online survey)
  • Spring 2022: Community engagement, 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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May 2022

Online Survey

From April 18 to May 9, 2022, feedback on multiple playground design options was collected in an online survey. The survey was promoted through paid social media ads, Postcards, outreach to nearby schools, the local Councillor’s office, on-site signage, and on this web page. The survey received a total of 204 responses, which included feedback from 159 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 summer 2022.

Key Feedback Highlights
  • When asked to rank their playground design preference, respondents ranked Playground Design C highest (55 per cent) followed by Playground Design B (30 per cent) and Playground Design A (15 per cent).
  • Respondents shared that the five most important features to include in the new playground are:
    • climbing structures
    • the senior play structure for ages five to 12
    • the junior play structure for ages two to five
    • curvy slide
    • toddler swings
  • Respondents shared that the three least important features to include in the new playground are:
    • stand-up spinner toys
    • play panels
    • stand-along toys (e.g. spinner, vehicle motion, sit-down motion)
  • If budget permits, the three features respondents would like more of in the improved playground are:
    • climbing structures
    • the senior play structure for ages five to 12
    • belt swings
  • For seating around the playground:
    • 83 per cent of respondents like benches
    • 79 per cent of respondents like picnic tables
    • 58 per cent of respondents like seatwalls
  • The preferred colour scheme for the new playground was bright colours, like yellow, orange, and purple (57 per cent) over earthy colours like green, brown, and grey (29 per cent).
Playground Options

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

Playground Design A

Aerial rendered view of Playground Design A for the Lanyard Park Playground improvements looking from left to right. A swingset, a vehicle motion toy, two play panels, a junior play structure with multiple climbing options, a sit-down spinner toy and a senior play structure with multiple climbing options including overhead climbing options. Primary colour for the equipment is green.

Design A includes:

  • A swingset with:
    • two belt swings
    • one toddler swing
    • one accessible swing
  • One junior play structure for ages two to five with:
    • one double slide
    • three climbing options
    • three play panels
  • One senior play structure for ages five to 12 with:
    • two curved slides
    • five climbing options, including two overhead climbing options
    • one reach (jump) play panel
  • One vehicle motion toy
  • One sit-down spinner toy
  • Two stand-alone play panels
Playground Design B

Aerial rendered view of Playground Design A for the Lanyard Park Playground improvements looking from left to right. A senior play structure with net climbers, cable crossings and solid climbers with openings. A sit-down spinner toy, a junior play structure with climbing options and hammock next to a swingset. Primary colour for the equipment is green.

Design B includes:

  • A swingset with:
    • two belt swings
    • one toddler swing
    • one accessible swing
  • One junior play structure for ages two to five with:
    • one double slide
    • one curvy slide
    • two climbing options
    • one “hammock” seated motion toy
    • one play panel
  • One senior play structure for ages five to 12 with:
    • three framed net climbers
    • three solid climbers with openings and handles
    • three triangular net climbers
    • three cable crossings
    • multiple hand grips and foot support panels
  • One sit-down spinner toy
Playground Design C

Aerial rendered view of Playground Design A for the Lanyard Park Playground improvements looking from left to right. A swingset, a senior play structure with multiple climbing options and a hammock, a junior play structure with climbing options and a hammock, next to a sit-down motion toy. Primary colour for the equipment is blue.

  • A swingset with:
    • two belt swings
    • one toddler swing
    • one accessible swing
  • One junior play structure for ages two to five with:
    • one double slide
    • one curved slide
    • two climbing options
    • one “hammock” seated motion toy
    • one play panel
    • two different steering wheels
  • One senior play structure for ages five to 12 with:
    • one wavy slide
    • one double slide
    • four climbing options
    • one curved overhead ladder
    • one step bridge
    • one “hammock” seated motion toy
  • One sit-down motion toy

 

Lanyard Park Playground is located at Finch Avenue and Weston Road, at the south side of Lanyard 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 junior climbing structure and double slide
  • Sand under all play areas

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

  • Playground equipment for ages two to 12
  • Rubberized playground surfacing
  • Accessible play equipment and accessible surfacing in the playground area. This means that people of all abilities will be able to play at this playground.

Improvements will only be made in the general playground area. This will not include any new water or lighting features or improvements to other areas of the park.