We plan to rejuvenate Trace Manes Park‘s playground and water play area in honour of Georgia Walsh.
The timeline is subject to change.
In 2015, the Leaside community requested the start of fundraising for improvements to the Trace Manes Park playground and water play area. The existing play equipment and wading pool have reached the end of their life cycle and are in need of replacement. Toronto City Council approved receipt of donations for the purpose of creating a new playground and splash pad in honour of Georgia Walsh who lost her life in a tragic traffic accident in 2014.
The playground will be reconstructed to comply with Canadian Standards Association (CSA) guidelines and the wading pool will be converted to a splash pad. Other improvements include:
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Construction is underway and the playground/wading pool area is closed to the public.
A detailed design concept was presented to the public, including designs for custom shade structures a “Donor Wall” to highlight all of the donors to the project. City Staff, the Consultant, and the local Councillor all attended the meeting to present to the public. From this point, the City has been working with Georgia Walsh’s mother, Jillian Walsh, who represents the donors and local community, to develop the final design.
A more refined design concept was presented at the first official public open house based on all of the feedback gathered over the course of two years. City staff and the Consultant, as well as the local Councillor, were on-hand to discuss with the public and field any questions.
During the second community fundraising event, a revised concept was presented based on the feedback solicited during the previous year. The Consultant was present to discuss, however, Jillian Walsh and her committee members spoke to the project.
This was the first community fundraising initiative that the City partook in. Panels outlining the current conditions, as well as a preliminary design concept and equipment options were presented to the public. The Consultant and City representatives were present to discuss the project and obtain feedback from the public.