Community celebration for Exhibition Park natural playground

Exhibition Park Guelph, ON, June 11, 2015 – This Sunday, June 14, media and residents are invited to Exhibition Park for a community picnic—hosted by the Exhibition Park Neighbourhood Group—to celebrate the official opening of the City’s first-ever natural playground.

Natural play spaces focus on passive, imaginative and physical play and include various natural materials and recycled elements such as stone, wood, water, re-purposed materials and horticulture.

The new playground at Exhibition Park features a large senior log jam with slide and climbing nets, overhead climbing bars, a junior structure designed to look like a bird holding a leaf, a large earth berm with small slides, boulders, rope climber, stone and log stairs and curbing, swings and a sandpit complete with hand pump for water. A drinking fountain with water bottle filler station has also been installed.

To ensure all kids can be a part of the excitement, the playground focuses on the seven principles of inclusive play that promotes fairness, participation, intuitive design, independence, safety standards, degrees of challenging activities, and comfortable spaces.

For the past year, the City has worked closely with the community and Exhibition Park Neighbourhood Group to design a natural play space to be enjoyed by generations to come.

Exhibition Park was one of four City parks to have its play equipment replaced in 2014 as part of the Council-approved Annual Play Equipment Replacement Program budget. The new playground cost $235,000.


Exhibition Park picnic and natural playground opening


Mayor Cam Guthrie (will arrive approximately 2:30 p.m.)
Ward 3 Councillor June Hofland
Ward 3 Councillor Phil Allt
Exhibition Park Neighbourhood Group Design Team
Earthscape Design Ltd.
Cedar Springs Landscape Group


81 London Road West, Guelph


Sunday, June 14, 2015
1-4 p.m.

For more information

Rory Barr Templeton
Landscape Planner
Planning Services
519-822-1260 extension 2436