Old Post Park playground

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Old Post Park is getting a new playground!

The City of Waterloo and neighbourhood partners are working together to replace the playground structure at Old Post Park. The city is designing site works, coordinating procurement and managing the installation of a new playground for the neighbourhood.


Public engagement #1

The first phase of public engagement is complete. The neighbourhood provided feedback on desired play equipment and accessibility needs. Thank you for contributing to this survey. We have posted the results below in the news feed.

Public engagement #2

The playground design consultant provided two playground designs based on feedback received from the first round of engagement. Here are the two design concepts:

Final playground design

Based on the survey we conducted during the second round of public engagement, the project team has modified design option 1 to suit community feedback. Please see the news feed update for details.

Children playing at a playground

Playground construction process

The existing playground has been removed. Once the playground equipment is manufactured, it will be installed at the site. Please see the news feed section for important updates about this project.

Ongoing project communication and information

We encourage you to follow this project to receive updates as things progress. Thank you for your involvement in this project! We look forward to seeing the new playground in action!

Old Post Park is getting a new playground!

The City of Waterloo and neighbourhood partners are working together to replace the playground structure at Old Post Park. The city is designing site works, coordinating procurement and managing the installation of a new playground for the neighbourhood.


Public engagement #1

The first phase of public engagement is complete. The neighbourhood provided feedback on desired play equipment and accessibility needs. Thank you for contributing to this survey. We have posted the results below in the news feed.

Public engagement #2

The playground design consultant provided two playground designs based on feedback received from the first round of engagement. Here are the two design concepts:

Final playground design

Based on the survey we conducted during the second round of public engagement, the project team has modified design option 1 to suit community feedback. Please see the news feed update for details.

Children playing at a playground

Playground construction process

The existing playground has been removed. Once the playground equipment is manufactured, it will be installed at the site. Please see the news feed section for important updates about this project.

Ongoing project communication and information

We encourage you to follow this project to receive updates as things progress. Thank you for your involvement in this project! We look forward to seeing the new playground in action!

  • Final playground designs are here!

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    Based on the survey we conducted earlier this year, the project team has modified design option 1 to suit community feedback. The major changes to playground option 1 include:

    • The addition of monkey bars
    • The addition of a multi-use spinner
    • The addition of stand-alone musical play panels
    • An updated colour palette


    You can see different photos of the new playground in the photo album section, titled 'Final playground designs' of this Engage page.

    The playground will be ready for installation in Spring 2022. Thank you for your contributions to this project, and for your patience as we work through some delays. We look forward to seeing the community enjoy this new playground!

  • Playground installation update

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    The playground manufacturer is dealing with steel shortages, and unfortunately, the installation of the new playground is delayed until Spring 2022.

    The old playground had already been removed before we were aware of the steel shortages. We will complete the site works by the end of October, and share a finalized design for the new playground by the end of November. The new playground will now be installed in Spring of 2022.

    We apologize for the delay and will continue to update the community as this project unfolds. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.


  • Results of survey #2

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    Thank you for contributing to the Old Post Park playground survey #2.

    According to the survey, 116 people chose playground design option 1, while 51 people preferred playground design option 2.

    Respondents also submitted feedback on what they liked about both designs, so our team is reviewing that feedback to see if we can design a playground that incorporates elements from both design options.

    We will report back to the community shortly.

  • Results of survey #1

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    Thank you for contributing to the Old Post Park Playground Survey #1.

    Visitors 269, Contributors 94, Responses 100

    We are thankful for all those who contributed. The information below is a summary of what we heard from the community.


    Preferred playground equipment

    This chart indicates playground equipment specified by survey respondents. Some of the playground equipment types have been grouped together for the purpose of information sharing. Our project manager has retained more detailed notes.

    Type of Playground Equipment Number of Votes Type of Playground Equipment Number of Votes
    Slides 35 Net Climber 6
    Swings 30 Bridge 5
    Climbing Equipment 20 Obstacle Course 5
    Monkey Bars 16 Rope Climber 5
    Rock Wall/Climbing Wall 16 Spring Toy 5
    Spinner 12 Balance Features 4
    Zipline 12 Play Panels - Musical 4
    Play Panels 11 Fire Pole 3
    Sandbox 8 Parent/Tot Swing 2
    Swings - Saucer
    7
    Tunnels 2
    Teeter Totter
    7
    Quiet Zone 1


    Please note that the existing swings at the playground site will remain, and no additional swings are included in the playground replacement project. Other equipment pieces will be included in a list of preferred playground elements when we issue the request for playground equipment design.


    Playground themes

    According to the survey results, users preferred the following themes:

    • Creative and imaginative playgrounds
    • Colourful playgrounds
    • Playgrounds with natural features
    • Traditional type play equipment


    Playground surface

    Survey respondents generally preferred wood chip or rubber type surfacing, however engineered wood fibre surfacing will be used to meet accessibility standards while preserving budget for playground equipment.

    Accessibility

    While no survey respondents indicated a need for enhanced accessibility, respondents did show significant interest in an accessible playground design.

    To meet current design guidelines the playground area will be designed to include an accessible ramp into the playground area. The playground equipment will be designed to meet CSA-Z106-20 guidelines and will include a variety of accessible features as recommended by the guideline.

    Additional playground design notes

    The following themes emerged from survey responses regarding the playground:

    • The playground should cater to users of varying ages.
    • Residents would like to see additional benches, and picnic tables near the playground area.
    • The playground area needs more shade.
    • There is interest in planting additional shade trees, particularly native trees.

    The playground will be designed to fulfill these needs while reflecting project budget.

    Additional survey data

    In addition to information collected about the playground design, a number of other requests were made to improve Old Post Park playground. These included:

    • An enhanced waste system
    • Additional pathway infrastructure
    • A shade structure
    • Sports facilities
    • Dog park amenities
    • A skateboard park
    • A spray pad
    • Fitness equipment
    • A community garden
    • Additional winter amenities


    While these amenities fall outside of the scope of this project, city staff will explore the opportunity to include amenities like these in Waterloo parks through the long term implementation of the parkland strategy and future capital parks projects. We urge you to explore parks and projects across the city that include listed features, such as the Albert McCormick Community Centre skate park and splash pad project. Should community members like to implement a shared vegetable garden, we encourage you to explore our Community Garden Toolkit to determine viability of this feature for your community.


Page last updated: 19 November 2021, 13:48