Bridgman Park playground
The Bridgman Park playground is now complete and open to children of all ages. Thank you to all who participated in our community engagement.
We selected design Option 2 for the new Bridgman Park playground based on the feedback received during our survey that ran from July 12-25.
We received 267 submissions, and Option 2 was selected by 62% of those who voted.
Playground design details
The Option 2 design for Bridgman Park is the District’s first completely accessible playground, with recycled rubber surfacing across the entire playground footprint, along with perimeter safety fencing and several seating options throughout the play area.
The playground includes separate play areas for 1-3 year olds, 3-5 year olds, and 5-10 year olds. Each play area is anchored by a large multi-level play structure and an assortment of individual age-appropriate play toys.
The new Bridgman Playground has several unique play features, including an in-ground trampoline, a zip-line, and an accessible side swing.
The design follows principles of universal and inclusive design to meet the needs of children with Autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders, visual impairment, and mobility challenges.
News and updates
May 5, 2022 — Playground open
The playground is now complete and open to children of all ages. Thank you to all who participated in our community engagement.
January 6, 2022 — Construction start
Construction of the new playground has started and is expected to be completed in March 2022. As we make room for a new playground, the existing one will be taken down.
Please be cautious when using the surrounding trails.
July 26, 2021 — Survey closed
An online survey was launched July 12 - 25 to hear feedback from the community about their preferences for the playground design. Thank you for your input. This survey has now closed.
Summer 2020 — Project postponed
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, work on this project has been postponed until 2021.
November 19 - December 3, 2019 — Community engagement
To help guide planning for the new playground, we asked you to choose three activities that are most important to you. A total of 63 participants shared their thoughts in the online survey. The results showed the most favoured activities are exploring and climbing, followed by discovering and jumping.
Once the design drawings are complete, we will share the options and ask for feedback on the final designs.
About the existing playground
The playground is located in Bridgman Park along Mountain Highway, just north of the existing Rec Centre.
Currently, it features a large, multi-bay swing set, a small two-bay tot swing set, and a multi-level play structure. These features are nearing the end of their lifespan, and need to be replaced.
Designing the new play spaces
This will be a "design/build" project, which means that the companies who bid on the project will have creative licence to come up with designs that are shaped by public feedback, and meet certain requirements.
This could include:
- touch, sound, movement, and colour in play elements
- quiet enclosed areas to meet the needs of children with autism
- fully fenced for safety, and to prevent dogs from accessing the site
- October/November 2019 — Opportunity for you to share your thoughts on preferred play elements
- Spring 2020 — Project postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic
- Summer 2021 — Construction begins (tentative)
- Fall/winter 2021 — Playground opens (tentative)
Renewing Bridgman and Seylynn Parks
Bridgman Park and neighbouring Seylynn Park are highly visible, well used parks that form a large part of the recreation strategy for Lynn Creek and surrounding area.
Both parks serve as a gateway to the Lynn Creek watershed for wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts, and are visited daily by walkers, joggers, dog walkers, cyclists, as well as children and caregivers from a number of neighbouring schools and daycare centres.
Bridgman Park revitalization
Bridgman Park was revitalized as part of the Keith Road Bridge project in spring 2017, with a focus on protecting and enhancing the creek, riparian, and forest habitat, as well as improving the paths and reconfiguring the driveway and parking.
The play areas are the final components to be completed at Bridgman.
Seylynn Park revitalization
The Seylynn Park Plan will be finalized in 2019 and features a new community centre, a spray park, day care, play area, oval recreation field, refurbished skate bowl, trails, and a new segment of the Spirit Trail.