The new Lambton Park playground is open! Thank you to all the community members who provided their feedback throughout the playground improvement process!

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

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

The timeline is subject to change.

October 2023

Project Complete

Construction is complete and the improved playground opens to the public.

May 2023

Final Playground Design

The final design for the new Lambton Park Playground, which has been refined based on community feedback and budget. It will be (purple, blue, cyan with orange accents) and include the play features listed following the image.

An alternate view of the final design for the new Lambton Park Playground.

The final playground design and layout was determined using feedback from the community and available funding. An additional slide has been added, a shade canopy on the junior structure, and a small climber structure for ages two to five.  The new playground will be accessible and will include the following features:

  • One junior play structure for ages two to five with:
    • One small curved slide
    • Two climbing options
    • One play panel
    • Transfer stations
  • One senior play structure for ages five to 12 with:
    • One triple slide
    • Five climbing options
    • Four separate climbing options linked by stepping stones and wobble board
    • Transfer stations
  • One stand-alone climber for ages two to five
  • One swing set with one accessible swing, one junior swing for ages two to five, and two senior swings for ages five to 12

Online Survey

From April 17 to May 5, 2023, 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 380 responses.

The design team will use this feedback to refine a final design. The final design will be available on this page in Spring 2023.

Key Feedback Highlights
  • When asked to rank their playground design preference, respondents ranked Playground Design B highest (41 per cent) followed by Playground Design C (34 per cent) and Playground Design A (25 per cent).
  • Respondents shared that the three 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 five to 12
  • Respondents shared that the three least important features to include in the new playground are:
    • stand-alone play panels
    • stand-alone motion toys (e.g. surfboard, spinner)
    • junior play structure for ages two to five
  • If budget permits, the three features respondents would like more of in the improved playground are:
    • climbing structures for ages five to 12
    • slides
    • junior play options for ages two to five
  • For seating around the playground:
    • 85 per cent of respondents like benches
    • 71 per cent of respondents like picnic
    • 61 per cent of respondents like seatwalls
  • The preferred colour scheme for the new playground was earthy colours like green, brown, and grey (49 per cent) over bright colours, like red, orange, and blue (37 per cent).
Playground Options

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

Playground Design A

A rendering of playground Option A aerial view showing swingset, separate climbing structure with nets, and separate combined junior/senior structure.

Design A includes:

  • One combined junior/senior play structure for ages two to 12 with:
    • Two large wavy slides
    • Four different climbing options
    • A ground-level storefront counter and an upper play panel
    • Transfer stations
  • One standalone senior climbing play structure for ages five to 12 with a variety of overhead and side climbers as well as net climbers
  • One stand-up spinner motion toy
  • One swing set with an accessible swing, one junior swing for ages two to five, and two senior swings for ages five to 12
Playground Design B

A rendering of playground Option B Aerial view showing junior play structure, senior play structure, stepping stones, wobble table, and swingset.

 

Design B includes:

  • One junior play structure for ages two to five with:
    • One small curved slide
    • Two climbing options
    • One play panel
    • Transfer stations
  • One senior play structure for ages five to 12 with:
    • One medium double slide
    • Five climbing options
    • Four separate climbing options linked by stepping stones and wobble board
    • Transfer stations
  • One standalone sit-down/stand-up spring toy
  • One swing set with one accessible swing, one junior swing for ages two to five, and two senior swings for ages five to 12
Playground Design C

 

Option C Aerial view showing combined senior/junior play structure, separate small climber, separate spring toy, and swingset.

Design C includes:

  • One combined junior/senior play structure for ages two to 12 with:
    • Two medium slides, one curved and one wavy
    • One large curved slide
    • Six different climbing options
    • One critters themed play panel
    • Transfer stations
    • Roofs for partial shade
  • One small climbing structure for ages two to 12
  • One stand-alone spring toy
  • One stand-alone spinner toy

Lambton Park Playground is located at 4100 Dundas St. W., between Royal York Drive and Scarlett Road. It can be accessed via Howland Drive and is located to the west of Lambton Arena, past the parking lot. It can also be accessed via the Humber River Recreational Trail.

The playground currently includes:

  • Two swing sets with:
    • Four swings for ages two to five
    • Four swings for ages five and up
  • A combined junior/senior climbing structure with various slides
  • 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.