The City is improving the playground and installing a basketball court in Stephen Leacock Park. The playground improvements are part of the Playground Enhancement Program and the new basketball court is part of the Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan. The location of the basketball court is to be determined.

  • Fall 2023: Community engagement (online survey)
  • Winter 2024: Design development and detailed design
  • Spring 2024: Hire a construction team
  • Fall 2024: Construction starts
  • Winter 2024: Construction complete, playground reopens

The timeline is subject to change.

Online Survey

Fall 2023

An online survey will be posted on this page in the fall. The survey will ask for your feedback and preferences on multiple playground options. The design team will use the community feedback collected in this survey to develop a single playground design.

The results of the survey will also be posted on this page.

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Stephen Leacock Park is located on the west side of Birchmount Road, slightly north of Sheppard Avenue East. The playground is located in the north-west corner 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 standalone medium-sized slide
  • A standalone climbing structure
  • A senior play structure with one play panel, three slides, three overhead climbers, three climbing options, and one balance play option
  • 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 and the proposed location of the new basketball court. This will not include any new water or lighting features or improvements to other areas of the park.