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sokolovic

8/10/2015 7:25:18 PM
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New playground at southend park

Any word on completion date of the new playground in parkdale park?  
 
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AC2

8/10/2015 7:45:13 PM
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where

Where is this place and how do I get there. Is there a good place to park  
 

Trevor B

8/10/2015 7:51:49 PM
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It's

  
AC2 said "Where is this place and how do I get there. Is there a good place to park  
 
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between Durum Dr. and Parkdale Dr.  
 
Not sure when it's supose to be done.

dueindecember

8/10/2015 7:57:35 PM
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yay

Yay I'm so excited! I wondered what was happening there!

Adam

8/10/2015 8:08:03 PM
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Playground

Wow they work fast! Couldn't have been much more than a week ago that I was noticing the hydro line markers and wondering what's up. Wonder if the old wooden playground is going to be kept a-la Rideau Park or put out to pasture?

sokolovic

8/10/2015 8:43:04 PM
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They work very fast. I was hoping for a splash park but I suppose this will do as long as the old one stays as well.

Trevor B

8/10/2015 8:47:21 PM
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The

  
sokolovic said "They work very fast. I was hoping for a splash park but I suppose this will do as long as the old one stays as well. "

old one is likely deemed unsafe, hence the new one. And there is likely nothing wrong with other than being a wood structure. A kid might get a splinter. So the old one will likey be taken down.

sokolovic

8/10/2015 8:51:16 PM
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That makes me sad because I find those old ones safer than these new play structures that have next to no sides on them and are made of metal. I mean we live in Canada where metal objects in the winter freezes tongues and fingers. The wood is better for our climate I think.

dueindecember

8/10/2015 10:35:24 PM
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wood

that specific wood structure was terrible

butterfly123

8/11/2015 12:08:23 AM
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small playground

At Rideau will stay. It's still good for the little kids. It's part of the community input and plan when they planned the spray park.

Abbysmum

8/11/2015 12:08:51 AM
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dueindecember said "that specific wood structure was terrible "

I agree.  
 
We were there a few weeks ago, and it was awful. My kids somehow kept getting hurt!

sokolovic

8/11/2015 8:50:23 AM
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My two boys go there often. Ya theres the odd splinter but they are boys they aren't glass. It wont kill them and they have never fallen off a wooden structure where my oldest took quite a header earlier in the year on one of the new "Safer" playgrounds because of the rail spacing. He fell over and slipped through the railing and because the metal was slippery he had no grip.  
 
I'd rather the risk of splinters over concussions any day of the week.

Amaxinlin

8/11/2015 8:55:19 AM
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play grounds

I find newer playgrounds geared more to youth and not children/toddlers. A lot of times, we get to the park and there is no bridge/walk ways/stairs. It's all climbing and no way my 2.5 can do it even with my help. I like some of the older play grounds for that reason. I understand the whole exercise aspect of it, they want children to work harder when they play but unfortunately they aren't safe for my toddler who enjoys the parks just the same. I will say though, if a park near you is getting funded and re-done then that's great!!

dueindecember

8/11/2015 10:57:50 AM
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parks

It makes sense the park's on school grounds would be geared for older kids. The rideau park, linden lanes school park, little park on rosser in riverheights and the river bank discovery centre all have stairs and a little slides for toddlers. If your up for a drive all the playstructures in shilo are suitable for toddlers as well.

Abbysmum

8/11/2015 11:04:24 AM
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splinters

  
sokolovic said "My two boys go there often. Ya theres the odd splinter but they are boys they aren't glass. It wont kill them and they have never fallen off a wooden structure where my oldest took quite a header earlier in the year on one of the new "Safer" playgrounds because of the rail spacing. He fell over and slipped through the railing and because the metal was slippery he had no grip.  
 
I'd rather the risk of splinters over concussions any day of the week. "

Yeah, splinters wasn't the issue. One sliced their leg on something, the other reefed their head on a low-lying something (I didn't see either happen directly, so IDK). It seemed to be in general state of disrepair, compared to other structures of similar design and age that have been torn down.  
 
I'm not one to protect my children - they regularly fall out of trees and I let them build zip lines in the backyard - but I found that one was unsafe due to lack of maintenance in ways you wouldn't expect.

Abbysmum

8/11/2015 11:08:45 AM
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You can add

  
dueindecember said "It makes sense the park's on school grounds would be geared for older kids. The rideau park, linden lanes school park, little park on rosser in riverheights and the river bank discovery centre all have stairs and a little slides for toddlers. If your up for a drive all the playstructures in shilo are suitable for toddlers as well. "

The actual Riverheights Park AKA the red park behind Riverheights Drive (with a wading pool!) is also good for littles.  
 
The park in the middle of Wilnor Bay is a carbon-copy of the Fox Place Park (AKA the train park, the little park @ Rosser & Fotheringham) and is excellent too.  
 
The new playstructures at Riverheights School, Meadows School and Valley View can also accommodate littles. There is also a little playstructure at Riverview School at the west end of the playground.  

dueindecember

8/11/2015 1:51:58 PM
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progress

They have gotten so much done this morning! Swings and a stand up zip line being installed! So cool! At this rate I'm guessing there's only a few more days of work

Adam

8/11/2015 2:17:45 PM
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Playground

The wooden one has been one of our standbys too. Not so much for being pretty, but for real young kids its so well enclosed. Thought it maybe had a few more years left in it after it seemed like they brought a new load of sand in earlier this year. No issues for us as far as slivers but you do have to wonder if or where liability issues potentially come into play with some of the older playgrounds. Does anyone have any info that could date it?  
 
The new one looks from the pic like its going to be great. Between this, Valleyview, Green Acres, Meadows, Rideau, Kirkcaldy and others it's such a great time to be a kid with how many new structures there are around town. I'm sure its going to draw in kids from a good radius (including Brookwood, which doesn't have its own playground like 9th St S does).  
 
Someone asked earlier about parking. Maybe someone's found a better option but it seems like you have to park on one of the residential streets in the area and walk in through one of the many paths that lead in. That or there is the small utility company house on the West side that should usually have a couple of spots on the street in front of it.

Popgoestheweasel

8/11/2015 5:23:17 PM
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The reason playground equipment is moving towards rails and not being enclosed is because of visibility issues. You can see your kids and other kids and hopefully prevent bullying and beating up of children.

sokolovic

8/12/2015 1:01:15 PM
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My wife and boys tell me that it's really beginning to take shape. It's definitely geared towards more agile kids so I really do hope they leave the wooden one for at least a few more years. But the new one shouldn't be very long. I'll get another shot of it tonight if I can find the time.

dueindecember

8/12/2015 2:38:40 PM
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confused

I'm so confused why your so defensive of the wooden one. I pulled out two rusty nails sticking out along the side to hold onto this morning. A child's finger got pinched in the wheel. I remind my kids not to smack their heads on that iron bar that serves no purpose, or make sure my toddler doesn't fall right off that circular hole to nowhere. The slide is a strange angle, like it's incomplete? The iron bar ladder is loose and one run spins around unsafely.  
 
The new park has a music wall and orbit chair young kids love. Looks like a few spinners, swings and a slide appropriate for younger. Not to mention all the green space to run around, further back from the road and the new benches to climb and rest. The ground is pebbly sand perfect for digging. The other half does look quite tricky but I'm excited that my boys will be able to grow into it in the next few years.  
 
See ya there!

sokolovic

8/13/2015 10:58:00 AM
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New photo attached. I was talking to the guys for a few minutes this morning and it's probably open for playing on late today or early tomorrow.

Adam

8/14/2015 9:51:30 AM
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Playground

Place is crawling with kids this morning. Looks great... the big zip line is quite the feature!    
 
Just to speak further to the question about parking.  
I'm not sure how bylaw kosher this is, but there are no signs saying you can't.....  
if you enter Garnet Place from the West side there's a wide section of street that runs North-South that seems well-suited for parking without disrupting homes in the neighbourhood, obstructing driveway views and the like. From there there's a path that's a straight walk into the playground area. I'll see if I can get more information on what's recommended, I gather the city is putting out more info on the playground shortly. 
 
Also read into this however you see fit, but city crews were working at the old playground tilling and weeding.  
 
Just wanted to thank sokolovic for starting this discussion and posting the pics... as a parent its been a fun thread to follow!  
 
Edited by Adam, 2015-08-14 09:53:57

CityofBrandon

8/14/2015 11:10:22 AM
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New Play Structure Available in Parkdale Park

The City of Brandon’s Community Services Department is pleased to offer the community a brand new playground structure within Parkdale Park, located at 201 Durum Drive in the Linden Lanes ward.  
 
Installation of the interactive play structure and five accompanying park benches began earlier this week and was completed on Thursday, August 13th. Funds for the new structure were provided for within the 2015 Parks and Recreation budget. The new structure was ordered from and installed by Playgrounds R Us out of Winnipeg and features, among other things, a zipline, an Omni spinner, and boogie board.  
 
An inspection by Community Services staff has deemed the existing wooden play structure in the park safe to remain for public use. The public is encouraged to use the on-street parking available in the area and access the park via walking pathways.  
 
The City of Brandon invites all members of the public to check out Parkdale Park’s newest play feature, or visit any one of the City’s numerous community greenspaces.


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