The City is planning improvements to the playground in Longwood 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!

  • Fall 2021: Hire a design consultant
  • Winter 2021: Design and community engagement (online survey)
  • Spring 2022: Detailed design and hire a construction team
  • Fall 2022: Construction begins
  • Winter 2022: Playground reopens

The timeline is subject to change.

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February 2022

Online Survey

From February 10 to February 24, 2022, 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 page. The survey received a total of 119 responses, which included feedback from 233 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 A highest (39 per cent) followed by Playground Design C (37 per cent) then Playground Design B (24 per cent).
  • Respondents shared that the five most important features to include in the new playground are:
    • Senior play structure for ages five to 12
    • Climbing structures
    • Belt swings
    • Monkeybar structure
    • Junior play structure for ages two to five
    • Toddler swings
  • Respondents shared that the three least important features to include in the new playground are:
    • Spring toys
    • Play panels
    • Standup spinner toys
  • If budget permits, the features respondents would like more of in the improved playground are:
    • Climbing Structures
    • See-saw
    • Senior play structure for ages five to 12
    • Group swing
  • The preferred colour scheme for the new playground was bright colours like yellow, orange, and purple (56 per cent), over earthy colours, like green, brown, and grey (26 per cent), with 18 per cent having no preference.
This image provides an overall view of the playground showing the layout of the swing sets, the junior play structure, the senior play structure, and the see-saw.
Final design
Playground Options
Playground Design A is an organic layout, and shows a swing set with several swings, a small play structure with a double slide, a large play structure with 2 slides, monkey bars and rope climbing feature, as well as a standup spinner and a spring toy. Features are described following the image.
Playground Design A

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
    • Two climbing options
    • Three play panels
  • One senior play structure for ages five to 12 with:
    • Two slides
    • Various climbing options
    • Monkeybars
  • One spring toy
  • One stand-up spinner toy
Playground Design B is an oval shaped layout , and shows a swing set with several swings, a small play structure with a curved slide, a large play structure with a slide, climbing frames, as well as 2 small spring toys. Features are described following the image.
Playground Design B

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:
    • Two climbing options
    • One curved slide
    • Play panels
  • One senior play structure for ages five to 12 with:
    • One slide
    • Monkey Bars
    • Various climbing options
  • One spring toy
  • One motion spring car toy
Playground Design C is an oval shaped layout, and shows a swing set with several swings, a small play structure with a double slide, and a large play structure with a double slide, a curved slide, and a climbing frame, as well as a small circular rope frame. Features are described following the image.
Playground Design C

Design C includes:

  • A swingset with:
    • Two belt swings
    • Two toddler swings
    • One accessible swing
  • One junior play structure for ages two to five with:
    • One double slide
    • One play panel
    • Two climbing options
  • One senior play structure for ages five to 12 with:
    • One double slide
    • One larger curved slide
    • Various climbing options
    • One angled monkeybar structure (round orange frame)

Longwood Park Playground is located on the north side of Longwood Drive, at the centre 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 multi-seater see-saw
  • A climbing play structure with:
    • Multi-level handlebars (purple)
    • A hand glider
    • Platforms
  • A climbing structure with:
    • A rope
    • Stepping features (yellow)
    • Handle bars at the top (yellow)
  • A junior wood play structure with:
    • A double slide (blue)
    • A junior climbing structure
    • A junior ramp climber
    • A steering wheel (blue)
    • A mini table (red)
  • A bench
  • Sand under all play areas

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

  • Accessible play equipment and an accessible pathway connection to the new playground area. This means that people of all abilities will be able to play at this playground.
  • Playground equipment for ages two to twelve
  • Woodchip playground surfacing

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