The rebuilding of Heron Park playground in August has led to improved accessibility including new AODA-compliant playground surface made of engineered wood fibre and a ramp from a new accessible pathway into the play space. The new swings also feature a bucket seat.
Watch 200 volunteers build the playground in a day in this time-lapse video.
The new playground is Toronto's latest "partnership playground." It was built thanks to a collaboration between Parks, Forestry and Recreation, the U.S.-based charity KaBOOM!, financial services company Foresters, Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough, and many other partners.
Surrounded by smiling children and community members, Police Chief Mark Saunders, PFR Management Services Director Ann Ulusoy and other partners cut the ribbon for the new playground in Ward 44, mere hours after the start of the volunteer community "build day" on Aug. 8.
Prior to the volunteer build day, Parks staff prepared the site, including the removal of old equipment and non-compliant sand surface. The new playground has an engineered wood fibre surface designed for mobility devices. Staff also supervised construction of a new accessible pathway to the playground, with a ramp and compliant grade.