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Accessible Playgrounds


 

The City of London is working at enhancing accessibility to all its facilities, including parks and playgrounds. Since 2001, our Facility Accessibility Design Standards (FADS) has guided the construction of new municipal facilities and the upgrade of existing ones, removing and preventing barriers for people with disabilities.

Our parks and playgrounds are designed considering principles of Universal Design and Inclusive Play so that children of all ranges of physical and sensory ability, and their care givers of all ages and abilities, can play together in a shared environment.

We currently have two levels of playgrounds:

Our neighbourhood parks are small parks intended for the people living within walking distance.

Neighbourhood Park Playgrounds typically include:

  • Accessible asphalt pathway to the play area
  • Depressed curb to access the play area
  • Woodchip safety surfacing
  • A transfer-station to facilitate access to the play structure
  • Ground-level play components
  • Park benches with arms, with space beside it for a wheelchair / stroller

Our district parks are large parks intended to serve a wider area than their immediate neighbourhood. They are drive-to destinations that can also have spray pads, washrooms, arenas, pools and sports fields. 

District Park Playgrounds provide all the basic features listed-above, with the addition of enhanced accessible features:

  • More play equipment
  • Separated area for junior (2 to 5 years) and senior (5 to 12 years) play equipment and additional swing area
  • Access to play structure can be from a ramp or transfer station, or a combination of both
  • More inclusive play components present, such as accessible swing seats
  • Accessible parking spaces
  • Accessible picnic tables

Listing of District Park Playgrounds with Enhanced Accessible Features:

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  • Basil Grover Playground

    Basil Grover Park555 Wharncliffe Road South

    There is on-site parking, washrooms and skateboard park. This playground was built in 2005-06. The junior play structure has a transfer station; the senior play structure has some ramp access and transfer steps. There is also a swing area with an accessible swing seat, a moving platform, a triple slide and a spinning bowl.  Benches and wheel-chair accessible picnic tables are also present.

  • Constitution Playground

    Consitution Park725 Grenfell Drive

    There is on-site parking, and a multi-use court, skateboard benches and an accessible loop path with a bridge over the creek. This playground was recently built in 2013 with a contribution from the Fanshawe Optimist Club. It includes a junior play structure at ground level and a senior play structure with a transfer station.  Benches are also present.

  • Ed Blake Playground

    Ed Blake Park449 Barker Street

    There is a spray pad and washrooms, as well as a soccer field. Street parking only. This playground was built in 2010. It includes a junior play structure with a transfer station, a senior play structure with some ramp access and transfer steps, and a swing area with an accessible swing seat. Other accessible components are a rotating climbing net, a triple slide, a car for social play and a tunnel for quiet retreats.  Benches and wheel-chair accessible picnic tables are also present.

  • Foxfield Playground

    Foxfield District Park2384 Buroak Drive

    There is on-site parking, and a multi-use court with tennis, basketball and pickle-ball. This playground was recently built in 2013 and has a junior play structure with a ramp, transfer steps and a transfer station, a senior play structure without post and platforms, and a swing area with an accessible swing seat. A seating pod and a crawling tunnel offer opportunities for quiet retreats. Benches are also present.

  • Greenway Playground

    Greenway Park50 Greenside Avenue

    There is on-site parking and washrooms. This playground was built in 1997-98 with a junior area and senior area combined and a swing area with accessible seats. There is a ramp access to the play structure. Other accessible components are a triple slide and a moving platform. A favourite for family picnics, this park is located by the Thames River and has an accessible viewing platform also located near the playground. This large park also has a dogs off-leash area and soccer fields.

  • Ivey Playground

    Ivey Park331 Thames Street (near the Forks of the Thames)

    There is on-site paid parking, a spray pad and washrooms. This playground was built in 2003 and includes a junior area with sand, and a senior area with a mix of rubber and artificial grass. There are no ramps or transfer stations on this playground but other accessible components are spinner bowls and basket swings. Benches are also present. This downtown park is located by the Thames River and offers a beautiful view of the Blackburn Memorial Fountain.

  • Lambeth Centennial Playground

    Lambeth District Park7112 Beattie Street

    Located beside the Lambeth Arena, Community Centre and Library, there is a parking lot and a spray pad. Washrooms are available inside the arena. This playground was built in 2007-08. It includes a junior and a senior area combined, a skateboard-like play component, and a swing area with an accessible seat. Other accessible components include a spinning bowl and a group-play rotating ring. Benches and accessible picnic tables are also present.

  • Meadowgate Playground

    Meadowgate Park3155 Meadowgate Boulevard

    Located in the Summerside neighbourhood, this playground was built in 2011 and includes a junior play structure with transfer station, a senior play structure with some ramp access and transfer steps, and a swing area with an accessible seat. Other accessible components are an aero glider which allows a group to experience a rocking motion, and a log tunnel for quiet retreat.  Benches and accessible picnic tables are also present. This large park also has soccer fields and a loop pathway.

  • Medway Playground

    Medway District Park119 Sherwood Forest Square

    Located near the Community Centre and Canada Games Aquatic Centre, there is a parking lot, a spray pad and a bowl-shaped skateboard park. This playground was built in 2010. It includes a junior play structure with transfer station, a senior play structure with some ramp access and transfer steps, an additional play structure without posts and platforms, and a swing area with an accessible seat. Benches and accessible picnic tables are also present.

  • Norwest Optimist Playground

    Norwest Distirct Park48 Hawthorne Road

    This large neighbourhood park is located next to Emily Carr Public School and there is a shared parking lot. Asphalt pathways lead to the play area. This tree house-themed playground was built in 2014 with a contribution from the Rotary Club of London Hyde Park. There are separate junior and senior areas in woodchip safety surfacing. Both play structures have transfer stations. Other accessible play components are hand rings, a double-slide, a braille clock panel and a drum panel. Swings, a climbing net and benches are also present. This park also has asphalt pathways, soccer fields and a ball diamond.

  • Oakridge Optimist Playground

    Oakridge Optimist Park825 Valetta Street

    This park is near the Oakridge Arena and Pool. There is a parking lot and a sloped asphalt pathway that leads to the playground, spray pad and washroom at the top. This playground was built in 2010 with woodchip safety surfacing. It includes a junior play structure with some ramp access, a senior play structure, and a swing area with an accessible seat. Benches and accessible picnic tables are also present. This park also has ball diamonds and tennis courts.

  • Plane Tree Playground

    Plane Tree District Park214 Plane Tree Drive

    Located in the Sunningdale neighbourhood, there is on-street parking and an asphalt pathway leads to the playground. This playground was built in 2006 with woodchip safety surfacing. It includes a combined junior and senior area with partial ramp access and a swing area with an accessible swing seat. A hippo and a dragon are accessible play components at ground level. Benches and accessible picnic tables are also present. This large park also has soccer fields and a loop pathway.

  • Riverbend Playground

    Riverbend District Park1585 Riverbend Road

    This large park has on-street parking and an asphalt pathway leads to the playground. This playground was built in 2011 with woodchip safety surfacing. It includes a junior area, a senior area with partial ramp access and a swing area with an accessible swing seat. Both junior and senior play structures have double-slides. Benches and accessible picnic tables are also present. This new park also has soccer fields, a multi-sport court with basketball net, and a loop pathway.

  • Thames Playground

    Thames Park15 Ridout Street South

    This park is just beside Thames Pool. There is a parking lot and asphalt pathway that leads to the playground. This playground was built in 2002-03 with woodchip safety surfacing. It had one combined junior and senior play structure with full ramp access. There is also a swing set with one accessible seat. Other accessible play components are a quadruple spring toy, a double slide, talking tubes and a music panel. This mature park also has tennis courts and a community garden and is located right next to the Thames River.

  • Westminster Optimist Playground

    Westminster Park650 Osgoode Drive

    This park is just beside Westminster Optimist Pool. There is a parking lot shared with Wilton Grove Public School and asphalt pathways lead to the playground. This playground was built in 2013 with woodchip safety surfacing. It has one junior area, one senior area and a swing area with an accessible seat. There are no ramps or transfer stations on this play structure since there are no platforms on this play equipment. This park also has a soccer field and a multi-use court with tennis, basketball and ball hockey.

  • White Oaks Playground

    White Oaks District Park1119 Jalna Boulevard

    This playground is located just beside the White Oaks Community Centre and Library. There is parking available on site and an asphalt pathway leads to the play area. This playground was built in 2003-04 with woodchip safety surfacing. There is a junior area and a senior area in separate play circles. Benches and accessible picnic tables are present. This large park also has basket swings in another area of the park, a ball diamond, a soccer fields and multiple asphalt pathways.

  • Kiwanis Playground

    325 Kiwanis Park Drive

    This playground is located near two ball diamonds and accessible via many multi-use pathways. There is ample street parking along the park frontage. The senior play structure with some ramp access and transfer steps was recently upgraded in 2015, along with a woodchip safety surfacing. A junior play structure, baby swings and basket swings are also present, along with many benches. Other accessible components include a triple slide and a spinner. In addition, a spray pad, washrooms and swings are located about 300m away on the other side of the creek.

  • Springbank Playground – Shelah’s Place

    1575 Rivers Edge Drive (Private Road)

    Located in Springbank Park, this playground was built in 2016 thanks to the generosity of the Jenny Jones Foundation. It has a fully accessible rubber surfacing and a play structure with partial ramp access and transfer steps. Many accessible components can be found such as an aero glider, a triple slide, an accessible swing seat and basket swings, a sandbox with a digger. There is also a cozy cocoon that can be used for quiet retreat. This playground is located right beside a wading pool, with many benches and picnic tables. Accessible parking spots can be found at each of the park lots and also along Flint Lane. There is a washroom about 200m away.

  • St. Julien Playground

    15 Tommy Hunter Way

    The St. Julien Park Playground is situated in the north-central area of the park immediately adjacent to a public washroom building.  There is street parking along the park frontage and a curb cut from the street surface to the park pathway system.   The playgrounds were updated in 2015; including all new equipment, curbing, benches and woodchip safety surfacing. The junior play circle contains a swingset with a belt swing and a baby bucket seat; a double wide slide free standing climbers and imaginary play panels.  The senior play circle contains a large play structure with 4 slides, game panels, and climbing panels accessible by transfer stations.

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