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

  • Late Spring 2021: Community engagement (online survey 1)
  • Summer 2021: Design development
  • Winter 2021: Community engagement (online survey 2)
  • Spring 2022: Detailed design and hire a construction team
  • Fall 2022: Construction starts
  • Late Fall 2022: Construction complete, playground reopens

The timeline is subject to change.

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May 2022

Final Playground Design

The final playground design and layout was determined using feedback from the community shown in the survey results. The new playground will be accessible and will include the following features:

  • One junior play structure for ages two to five with:
    • one curved slide
    • two climbing options
    • one play panel
  • One senior play structure for ages five to 12 with:
    • One swirly slide
    • various climbing options
    • monkeybars
  • One separate climbing structure with:
    • Climbing frames
    • A climbing wall
    • Vertical triangle link structure
  • A stand-up spinner
  • A spring toy
  • A swing set with:
    • one accessible swing
    • two toddler swings
    • two belt swings
    • one saucer swing

The playground is a curved, bean-shaped layout, and shows a swing set with several swings, a stand-up spinner, a stand-alone climbing structure, a junior play structure, a senior play structure with monkeybars, and a spring toy.

February 2022

Online Survey

From February 5 to February 20, 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 101 responses, which included feedback from 168 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 May 2022.

Key Feedback Highlights:

  • When asked to rank their playground layout preference, respondents ranked Playground Layout A highest (64 per cent) followed by Playground Layout B (27 per cent), and 9 per cent with no preference.
  • When asked to rank their playground equipment preference, respondents ranked Playground Equipment B highest (62 per cent ) followed by Playground Equipment A (32 per cent), and (6 per cent) with no preference.
  • 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
    • junior play structure for ages two to five
    • belt swings
  • Respondents shared that the three least important features to include in the new playground are:
    • play panels
    • stand-up spinner toys
    • group swing
  • If budget permits, the three features respondents would like more of in the improved playground are:
    • climbing structures
    • monkeybar play structure
    • spiral slide
  • The preferred colour scheme for the new playground was bright colours, like orange, green and blue (55 per cent) over earthy colours like green, brown, and grey (34 per cent), with (11 per cent) mentioning no preference.
Playground Options

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

Playground Layout A

Playground Layout A for the Pinto Park Playground improvements, has an organic or bean shaped layout, with a new pathway connecting to the existing sidewalk

Layout A includes:

  • A curved layout design
  • An asphalt pathway leading from the existing sidewalk to the proposed playground
  • An existing water fountain to remain in its current location, with concrete surfacing around it.
  • A playground area with wood fibre safety surfacing, concrete curbs, a concrete accessible ramp, and new playground equipment (which you can choose from later in the survey)
  • Two proposed bike racks along the side of the asphalt pathway
  • Waste and Recycle bins on concrete along the side of the asphalt pathway
  • Three distinct gathering areas
    • four accessible benches (Two on either side of the playground) on concrete
    • two patio sets with a metal umbrella-shaped shade structure – along the south end of the playground, on concrete
    • two Muskoka chairs on concrete – along the south end of the playground
Playground Layout B

Playground Layout B for the Pinto Park Playground improvements, has a more rectilinear layout, and also has a pathway connecting the new playground with the existing sidewalk

Layout B includes:

  • A rectangular layout design
  • An asphalt pathway leading from the existing sidewalk to the proposed playground
  • An existing water fountain to remain in its current location, with concrete surfacing around it.
  • A playground area with wood fibre safety surfacing, concrete curbs, a concrete accessible ramp, and new playground equipment (which you can choose from later in the survey)
  • Waste and recycling bins along the side of the proposed asphalt pathway
  • Two Bike racks along the side of the proposed asphalt walkway
  • Four distinct gathering areas
    • two accessible benches on concrete, on the north and south ends of the playground.
    • two patio sets with a metal umbrella-shaped shade structure on the west side of the playground, on concrete
    • two Muskoka chairs, on concrete, on the east side of the playground
Playground Equipment A

Playground Equipment A for the Pinto Park Playground improvements,shows a combined junior and senior play structure, a spring toy, a see-saw, a swing set with multiple swings, and a separate monkeybar play structure with various frames and handlebars.

  • A swingset with:
    • two belt swings
    • two toddler swings
    • one accessible swing
    • one group swing
  • One play structure for ages two to 12 with:
    • two slides
    • various climbing options
    • one play panel
    • one tunnel
  • One monkeybar play structure for ages five to 12 with:
    • various frames and handlebars
  • One see-saw
  • One spring toy
Playground Equipment B

Playground Equipment B for the Pinto Park Playground improvements, shows a junior play structure, a senior play structure, a swingset with multiple swings, a stand up spinner, and a spring toy.

Play Equipment Option B includes:

  • A swingset with:
    • two belt swings
    • two toddler swings
    • one accessible swing
    • one group swing
  • One junior play structure for ages two to five with:
    • one slide
    • various climbing options
    • one play panel
  • One senior play structure for ages five to 12 with:
    • one spiral slide
    • various climbing options
    • one sliding pole
    • Monkeybar structure with various handlebars
  • One car spring toy
  • One stand-up spinner

The play equipment can fit in either layout, the curved or rectangular layout, depending on which one is preferred once the survey has closed.

June 2021

Online Survey

Feedback on the community’s preferences for the playground enhancements was collected in an online survey from June 5 to June 20, 2021. The design team will use this feedback to develop multiple playground design options. The survey received a total of 112 responses, which included feedback from 413 individuals.

  • 46% of respondents would like to see more climbing features in the new playground
  • 41% of respondents would like to see a group swing in the new playground
  • 36% of respondents would like to see more individual swings in the new playground
  • 78% of survey respondents preferred a bright colour scheme for the new playground

Download the full survey summary report for more information.

Pinto Park Playground is located at the southeast corner of Finch Avenue East and Highway 404, west of Ernest Public School in North York.

The playground currently includes:

  • One swing set with:
    • Two swings for ages two to five
    • Two swings for ages five and up
  • One play structure with:
    • One spiral slide
    • One straight slide
    • One spiral climbing frame (red)
    • Various climbing options
  • One play structure with:
    • One small slide
    • Play panels
    • A small bridge
  • One large monkey bar structure with climbing ropes and platforms
  • Sand under all play areas
  • One bench

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

  • A full playground redevelopment
  • Accessible play equipment and an accessible pathway connection to the new playground. This means that people of all abilities will be able to play at this playground.
  • Woodchip playground surfacing

The playground improvements will not include any new water or lighting features.