Oakridge Park playground improvements

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Offer input on playground improvements at Oakridge Park, a community park in the Sydenham District. See the Parks and Shoreline Projects page for more information.

Planned playground improvements include:

  • Combining the playground areas so that all play equipment is located on a single pad of safety surfacing
  • Aging play equipment will be replaced
  • New safety surfacing will be installed
  • Accessible bench seating to be installed


Offer input on playground improvements at Oakridge Park, a community park in the Sydenham District. See the Parks and Shoreline Projects page for more information.

Planned playground improvements include:

  • Combining the playground areas so that all play equipment is located on a single pad of safety surfacing
  • Aging play equipment will be replaced
  • New safety surfacing will be installed
  • Accessible bench seating to be installed

Playground location feedback

Offer feedback on the proposed locations for playgrounds C and D at Oakridge Park. You are encouraged to review the public engagement summary prior to submitting feedback.

The City of Kingston recommends Playground Location C as it offers excellent visibility, is well separated from Gibson Ave. and the shorter pathway length improves accessibility. Additional park elements could be provided in this location such as more challenging play equipment elements, an accessible picnic table and more shade tree planting.

Feedback closes Aug. 12 at 4 p.m.

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Park upgrades or new parks should include Pickleball courts, given that Kingston's population is aging.
If you build them, they will come.
Tom Adam

TJA 2 days ago

I prefer the Option C (NE location, not Option D the one in the current location) as I feel it helps with inclusion, access, not feeling cornered when dogs sprint towards people using the park, and doesn’t add a lengthy asphalt walkway through the park that has to be kept clear and maintained…and it is still distanced from the road which is great.

Monika 3 days ago

Thank you for the public session last evening. A few comments occurred to me since that time:
- if there is already going to be a spinner as part of the original structure, do we really need an additional tall element (which appears to spin) as proposed as an "extra" feature if the community acquiesced to Option C? With two kids who get motion-sick, it would seem to be better to offer a diversity of options, rather than 2 of something that some children can't use. If the additional element proposed also spins, could we not have the bouncy airplane (or the like) originally proposed, rather than a spinner?
- I'm still not overly comfortable with the proximity of the playground to the road in Option C -- is there the possibility to shift it even 10ft deeper into the park? Given that the road is circular, even a small distance to the south exponentially increases the distance of the playground from the road
- although I appreciate that safety related to softball is a concern, it is only a few nights a week for an hour or two a few weeks of the year. And how many left-handed sluggers are there in local leagues who could drive a ball to the current location of the playground? I would submit that putting it further out (in-line with second base) actually increases the chance of a ball ending up near the playground. We have lived in this neighbourhood and used this park for many years in all weathers and seasons and have never come upon a softball game. I would hate to have the park design centered around users who are very infrequent, at the expense of those who are.

In summary, I would vastly prefer that the playground stay in its existing location, for safety and sun protection reasons. Recognizing that accessibility is an issue, I can see why moving it closer to the north side of the park would be attractive, and I value that as well -- but hope that some middle ground can be found to still keep it as deep into the park as possible while still keeping accessibility in mind.

Mlabarge 3 days ago