The City is improving the playground in Dufferin Grove Park as part of an ongoing program to enhance playgrounds and play spaces across the city, so that everyone can experience the joys and benefits of play for years to come.

  • Summer 2024: Community Engagement Phase 1
  • Late Summer 2024: Community Engagement Phase 2
  • Fall 2024: Community Engagement Phase 3 and hire a construction team
  • Fall 2025: Construction starts
  • Spring 2026: Construction complete, playground reopens

The timeline is subject to change.

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In this phase of the community engagement process, the City will work with community members to define an overall draft vision for the playground improvements, including a series of guiding principles which will guide the development of design options in Community Engagement Phase 2.

The anticipated community engagement activities in this phase include:

  • An online survey
  • An in-person pop-up event

The anticipated outcomes of this phase include:

  • A vision statement
  • Guiding principles

In this phase of the community engagement process, the City and its design consultant will work off the outcomes of Community Engagement Phase 1 to propose two to three design options for the playground improvements. These will be presented to the community for feedback, which will be used to develop a preferred option for the playground.

The anticipated community engagement activities in this phase include:

  • An online survey
  • A youth workshop
  • An in-person pop-up event

The anticipated outcome of this phase is the selection of a preferred option.

In this phase of community engagement, the final design for the new playground will be shared with the community on this page and the subscribers on the project mailing list. The project will then move into the detail design phase, where the design team will work through the technical details and develop detailed plans and drawings to be used by the construction contractor.

The anticipated community engagement activities in this phase include an in-person pop-up event.

Dufferin Grove Park Playground is located in the southeast area of the park.

The playground area currently includes:

  • junior play structure
  • senior play structure with three bucket swings
  • Four belt swings, two bucket swings and an inclusive swing
  • a sandbox
  • a see-saw
  • daisy spring toy
  • monkey bars
  • four seat spring toys
  • six benches
  • one picnic table
  • shade structure with seating
  • community bulletin board

The existing playground is being improved, with one play structure being replaced and some of the existing play features and equipment being restored. The playground is being redesigned using community feedback and is proposed to include:

  • new playground equipment (replacing the equipment being removed)
  • engineered wood fibre surfacing
  • an accessible pathway and ramp to the playground area
  • a new fence around the playground

The pathway and ramps connecting the playground area to the main promenade will comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Learn moreĀ aboutĀ how playgrounds are made accessible.

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