City unveils design concepts for Riverside Park’s new play space

Public can vote on preferred option until August 2

Guelph, ON, July 14, 2015 – The City is seeking public input on six design concepts for Riverside Park’s new play space as it plans to replace the aging playground equipment.

From now until August 2, residents can vote online or in person for a preferred design concept. Options show a variety of themes ranging from ships and castles to tree houses and nature inspired settings.

The design concepts can be viewed and voted for online at guelph.ca/riversidepark using MindMixer or in person at City Hall, 1 Carden Street, or at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, located at 683 Woolwich Street. Comments are also accepted by phone at 519-837-5618 or by emailing rory.templeton@guelph.ca.

During the vision phase—April 13 to May 2—residents helped create a wish list of play components they wanted to see in the new play space. These include swings, varying climbers, multiple slides, sand areas, zip lines, and natural wood features.

“This well-received engagement process involves the opportunity for residents to decide just how this destination park will be equipped—ensuring the playground is not only used but loved,” says Rory Barr Templeton, a landscape planner with the City. “Based on what we heard in the spring, we asked for proposals from play equipment companies to include as many of these elements as possible.”

He adds, “There was also strong desire from the community to make the majority of the play equipment accessible using rubberized surfacing, ramps and links to existing trails within the park. Companies were also encouraged to design a space that is programmed and non-programmed with varying challenges for children aged 18 months to 12 years as well as a for a variety of mental and physical abilities.”

When choosing new playground equipment staff considers equipment that maximizes play value, diversity in play equipment, low-maintenance options, vandalism records, and available budget.

In August, staff will review all comments received from the concept phase to prequalify a play equipment company whose design received the majority of public support. Staff will work with the chosen company to revise the park design based on additional community feedback.

The final phase—to take place this fall—will give residents one more opportunity to review the final park design. Construction is expected to take place in 2016.

The City is responsible for maintaining 87 park playgrounds. Depending on use and location, play structures have an average life span of 12 to 15 years. This year, as part of its annual playground replacement program, the City is replacing aging equipment with new structures that meet current Canadian Standards Association’s (CSA) standards for children’s playspaces and equipment in four of Guelph’s parks—Riverside, Windsor, Spurline and Mayfield.

For more information

Rory Barr Templeton
Landscape Planner, Development Planning
519-822-1260 extension 2436
rory.templeton@guelph.ca