Accessibility and Pathways: Pathways will be added from the parking lot to the playground and around most of the play space. Pathways will allow for individuals using mobility assistive devices easy and safe access to the playground.
Continued Pathway System: The path will also run along the north side of the playground continuing to the east. The community group wanted to have this to allow for biking and walking.
On the east side, the path will go around a small stand of trees and circle back. This loop around the stand of trees will have a quiet/rest area with benches. The pathway will be wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs, walkers and strollers.
Landscape of Area: As the pathway approaches the playground we will have the city create a two-foot rise (small hill). This small hill will help reduce costs of the playground by tens of thousands of dollars, as it will reduce the number of ramps that will be needed to get children to higher play structures, while creating a more interesting topography in the area.
The main play area will be increased from about 6,000 to 8,000 sq feet with colour infused rubber surfacing to add interest; play value and sensory stimulation.
A separate toddler area from older child area has been created with patterned and coloured surfacing dividing the two areas.
The toddler area is on the north end of the playground and includes a large ramped climber; musical play; imaginative play elements; roller slide; climbers among many other fun, interactive inclusive pieces such as a high back merry- go-round to provide back support for individuals that may need it. As well within this area we have included three different types of swings: Saucer swing; Adaptive swing and Expression swing – a toddler swing with an adult swing attached that face each other for interactive engagement and eye contact between the two.
In the older child area, and connecting to the south side of the berm a ramp will lead children to a higher multi-play structure with many features connected to it to encourage fun, physical, cognitive, imaginative and sensory play all with adaptive features to make an inclusive play environment.
A spinning climber and a dual zip line are additional inclusive playground pieces that have been added for an exciting play experience.