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Bridgman Park playground

We are replacing the existing playground in Bridgman Park with new "structured play" spaces that will have separate but integrated play areas for different age groups: 1-3 year olds, 3-5 year olds, and 6-10 year olds.

With a focus on accessibility, the new fenced playground will meet the needs of all children. It will be fully wheelchair accessible, and feature quiet and tactile play spaces for children with autism. 

We expect work on the playground to begin in spring/summer 2020, and be completed by fall 2020.

News and updates

November 19 - December 3, 2019 — Community engagement

We asked for your input on what features you'd like to see incorporated within the new playground at Bridgman Park.

Details

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

Project timeline

  • October/November 2019 — Opportunity for you to share your thoughts on preferred play elements
  • November/December 2019 — Incorporate public suggestions into scope of work, and issue tender
  • Winter 2020 — Evaluate the submitted designs, which must include two options to present to residents
  • Winter 2020 — Opportunity for you to share your thoughts on the two design options
  • Spring/summer 2020 — Construction begins
  • Fall 2020 — Playground opens 

Background

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.

Learn more about our plans for park renewal

Seylynn and Bridgman Park Masterplan

Parks and Open Space Strategic Plan