For life cycle replacement, we rank and prioritize playgrounds by structural condition and other factors, with a life span of typically 20-25 years before a playground is replaced.
Changes are based on field testing other municipalities' large accessible playgrounds [such as Oriole Park in Toronto, Pine Glen Park in Oakville, and Crosby Park in Richmond Hill] and adopting the best features where possible to small community playgrounds within existing budgets.
The City's approach to large fully accessible, barrier-free playgrounds with rubber surfacing is to provide one in each of the 6 Service Areas, ideally at a city-wide destination park (with parking, shade, pathway lighting, and ideally a washroom).These fully accessible playgrounds are not part of the Playground Program, which focusses on the 240 plus neighbourhood playgrounds, but do use these standards as a starting point in their design.
The Playground Design Standard is reviewed every 4-5 years to align with:
- Current CSA Standards, including Annex H of CSA Z614
(Children's playspaces and equipment that are accessible to persons with disabilities).
- Parks Operations maintenance standards.
- Industry trends.
- Informal feedback from Councillors and the public.