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Citizen-Z Cavan Young's 2004 film about the zamboni crisis





Smithfield Playpower

Address: 173 Mount Olive Drive, 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)

Smithfield Park playground maintenance history


This is a very large park, with sports fields. There is a middle school along the north side. On an August afternoon, most of the playground had been installed and a Fibertop truck was just delivering a huge load of wood shavings for the surfacing. Two Hank Deenen landscaping trucks were waiting for their chance to lay sod.

Five people including three children were watching, outside of the construction fence. The playground seems to be a Playpower structure.

The area is mostly one or two-story houses, with some low-rise apartments -- lots of East Indian people on the street.

Photos: August 18, 2010

generic Stimulus Funds signs

truck unloading wood shavings

Portable toilet for workers: it's the law; but no washroom

Big truck delivering wood shavings

shoveling the pile underneath the equipment

big sports fields, small swimming pool

Sikh men chatting at a picnic table

Litter warning: $10,000!!

small ravine with culvert for spring floods

landscaping staff waiting for their turn

a pile of dusty-looking sod

low-rise apartment building, across the ravine

new trees planted along walkway, but no benches along there
April 22 2011

Pleasant spring weekend but no children there.

no visits to this playground had kids playing there

Old Sikh men playing cards

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