Review the most recent survey results for this project in the Project Updates section.

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

  • Summer 2022: Community engagement (online survey)
  • Fall 2022 to Spring 2023: Detailed design and hire a construction team
  • Summer 2023: Construction starts
  • Fall/Winter 2023: Construction complete, playground reopens

The timeline is subject to change.

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August 2022

Online Survey

From July 28 to August 21, 2022, feedback on multiple playground design options was collected in an online survey. The survey was promoted through paid 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 611 responses.

The design team will use this feedback to refine a final design. The final design will be available on this page in fall, 2022.

Key Feedback Highlights
  • When asked to rank their playground design preference, respondents ranked Playground Design A highest (57 per cent) followed by Playground Design B (26 per cent) and Playground Design C (18 per cent).
  • Respondents shared that the five most important features to include in the new playground are:
    • senior play structure for ages five to twelve
    • climbing structures
    • junior play structure for ages two to five
    • belt swings
    • spiral slide
  • Respondents shared that the three least important features to include in the new playground are:
    • play panels
    • stand-up spinner toys
    • stand-alone toys (i.e., balancing toy, play house, seated spinner toys)
  • If budget permits, the three features respondents would like more of in the improved playground are:
    • climbing structures
    • senior play structure for ages five to twelve
    • belt swings
  • For seating around the playground:
    • 82 per cent of respondents like benches
    • 61 per cent of respondents like picnic tables
  • The preferred colour scheme for the new playground was bright colours, like yellow, orange, and purple (55 per cent) over earthy colours like green, brown, and grey (31 per cent).
  • The preferred ground cover for the playground is wood chips (50 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 Wanita Park Playground improvements, looking to the east from the west. From the lower left to the upper right, it includes a large, senior play structure, play panels, junior play structure, two belt swings, one tot swing, and one accessible swing.

Design A includes:

  • A swingset with:
    • two belt swings
    • one toddler swing
    • one accessible swing
  • One junior play structure for ages two ┬áto five with:
    • one slide
    • one play theatre
    • three climbing options
    • one play panel
  • One senior play structure for ages five to 12 with:
    • two straight slides
    • one curvy slide
    • five climbing options
    • monkey bars
  • Two play panels
Playground Design B

Playground Design B for Wanita Park Playground improvements, looking to the north-west from the south-east. From the lower right to the upper left, it includes one belt swing, two toddler swings, one accessible swing, and one accessible bucket swing, a combined junior and senior climbing structure, play panel, spring toy, and spinner toy.

Design B includes:

  • A swingset with:
    • one belt swing
    • two toddler swings
    • one accessible basket swing
    • one accessible swing
  • One combined junior/senior play structure for ages two to 12 with:
    • One double slide
    • One large slide
    • One curvy climbing pole
    • One sliding pole
    • One wheel panel
    • Multiple play panels
  • One four-seater spinning toy
  • One spring toy
  • Two play panels
  • One play panel
Playground Design C

Playground Design C for Wanita Park Playground improvements, looking to the south-east from the north-west. From the lower right to the upper left, it includes a junior climbing house, balancing toy, senior climbing structure, two play panels, spinning toy, small play structure, one belt swing, one toddler swing, and one accessible swing.

Design C includes:

  • A swingset with:
    • One belt swing
    • One toddler swing
    • One accessible swing
  • One junior play structure for ages two to five with:
    • One slide
    • One play house
    • One play panel
  • One senior play structure for ages five to 12 with:
    • One spiral slide
    • Three climbing options
    • One sliding pole
    • Multiple play panels
  • One balancing toy
  • One spinning toy
  • Four play panels

Wanita Park Playground is located on the northeast corner of Meadowvale Road and Lawrence Avenue East, at the west side of the park

The playground currently includes:

  • One swing set with:
    • two swings for ages two to five
    • two swings for ages five and up
  • A medium-sized slide
  • A large spiral slide
  • A small slide
  • A combined junior and senior play structure
  • 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
  • Additional seating
  • Engineered wood fibre playground surfacing
  • Accessible play equipment and an accessible pathway connecting to 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.