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Edithvale North Xccent Play, Recreation Playsystems, Berliner Seilfabrik

Address: 105 Santa Barbara Rd, map

Recreational Infrastucture agreement:

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 >>

Playground history (incomplete)

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.

Photos: August 13, 2010

generic Stimulus signs near small junior play area

Blue Imp equipment -- to be replaced?

One of the park entrances, from the east

water channel and culvert, south part of the park

house sizes increasing -- view across from park

view from the park, to the east (Yonge Street)

generic Stimulus Funds signage, community centre construction
October 21, 2013

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.

from Recreation Playsystems

from Accent PLay

from Berliner Seilfabrik

a miracle! Original swings

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