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An application through the City’s Community Partnership Minor Capital Program was approved in Spring 2021 to update the play structure at Glebe Community Centre. Combined fundraising efforts from Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group, Glebe Cooperative Nursery School, Ward 17 Cash in-Lieu of Parkland, and Community Partnership Funding was been compiled to proceed with the attached concept plan.

The new play structure includes naturalized play elements which promote both fine and gross motor skill development. Scope includes:

  • Log Play Hut
  • Sand Play
  • Natural Play Climber
  • Wood deck Stage
  • Chalk Board
  • Stepping stones in an accessible engineered wood fiber safety surface

Construction to occur Summer 2023. Specific dates will be provided following the tender process.

Please provide feedback on the attached concept plan by 3 February 2023.

An application through the City’s Community Partnership Minor Capital Program was approved in Spring 2021 to update the play structure at Glebe Community Centre. Combined fundraising efforts from Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group, Glebe Cooperative Nursery School, Ward 17 Cash in-Lieu of Parkland, and Community Partnership Funding was been compiled to proceed with the attached concept plan.

The new play structure includes naturalized play elements which promote both fine and gross motor skill development. Scope includes:

  • Log Play Hut
  • Sand Play
  • Natural Play Climber
  • Wood deck Stage
  • Chalk Board
  • Stepping stones in an accessible engineered wood fiber safety surface

Construction to occur Summer 2023. Specific dates will be provided following the tender process.

Please provide feedback on the attached concept plan by 3 February 2023.

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Whereas I applaud the thought of a more 'natural' design, I think this is a step backwards in terms of gross motor imagination with the removal of any form of play structure. This seems similar to the newish natural children's park on Bank St. near Central Park. Esthetically it's lovely, but it only holds children's attention for a short while. My 3 children have spent hundreds of hours over 10 years at the current park, which they have loved. They would choose it over the Bank St. natural park for longevity (never any chalk, the stage is only novel for a little while with rare props). As a Pediatrician, when I inquire about preschool development I always ask such milestones as "can they climb the ladder/stairs at the play ground and coordinate coming down on the slide?" I would suggest incorporating a treehouse of sorts in one corner with a rope web to reach the cabin and then a slide down. I just don't think you'll achieve the new 'wow' factor you are hoping for. Across the street at Corpus Christi, the natural sections (stage, rock border) are not as well enjoyed as the slide and climbing web.

DrMommy 2 days ago

I'm impressed with the creative design of the new play structure that allows lots of space for imaginative play and doesn't rely on traditional structures like slides and swings. In my experience having spent hours at a time at neighborhood playgrounds over the years, slides and swings can be at the center of conflict between children and often dissuade kids from creative play as they line up to wait for a turn. If anything, open, structure-free spaces will enable kids to use the playground all year round and avoid closures during winter months when built-up play structures may pose a safety risk with ice and snow build-up creating slippery surfaces.

JLaf 2 days ago

It would be great if there was also a structure on which kids could climb or slide. I know that there is potential for fun with these other open-ended suggested play areas, in the same way that an empty room and a cardboard box has great potential, but a room with a slide and colour and gross mobility challenges can provide an avenue for even more fun without stiffeling the imagination. I think the huge emphasis on more structure-free kids play areas in recent years reflects more on the lack of imagination of adults to make something that captures the zany pizzaz and creative energy of our little people.

Parent of preschooler 3 days ago
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