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Address: 105 Santa Barbara Rd, map
Rationale describing the specific problems or objectives this project will address: "SERVICE IMPROVEMENT AND ENHANCEMENT- This project will replace the current low play-value/ less challenging playground equipment with modern multi-task structures that will provide greater physical challenges and better social interaction." Read more >>
Edithvale - North Park playground maintenance history
Most recent playground spending:
Supply and install play equipment: $72,000
Total cost: $72,000 (Budget $100,000 plus $100,000)
(This number was obtained from Freedom of Information but it is clearly wrong, see below -- follow-up request has been submitted, April 2 2014)
August 13, 2010: This playground project is hard for a visitor to figure out. The Stimulus Funds list gives Edithvale as two separate playground projects, for $100,000 each. But only one small playground is visible at the moment (photos below). There is a construction fence around part of the park because of the ongoing Edithvale Community Recreation Centre construction. The large playground pictures in the 1999 inspection reports may have been within the current construction fence -- but there's only an empty spot now.
Most of the park is long and narrow, following a spring run-off watercourse that passes between sixties-era one- and two-story houses (some evidently replaced recently by larger houses that go almost to the property lines).
On a hot, sunny August afternoon, there was only one person -- a dog-walker -- in the whole long park. The park has no washrooms and almost no benches.
All installations are in, and plenty of them. Three cutting-edge playground equipment companies were used. The playgrounds are bristling with warning signs about appropriate ages. Can't find the original Blue Imp equipment any more, but the original swings seem to be there to the south of the big playing field.