Park Renovation Survey


The City of Brantford Parks & Recreation Department is excited to share that we will be continuing our playground replacement and rehabilitation program in 2018-2019 and this year the playground at Recreation Park is scheduled for an upgrade!

Design & Development staff will be working throughout the spring and summer developing plans for your park’s exciting upgrade as construction is scheduled for the Spring of 2019. Renovation plans include: accessible asphalt pathways, new play structures and swings, accessible wood fibre safety surfacing surrounding new play structures, new plantings, benches, etc.

Let’s talk about RECREATION PARK!

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Recreation Park is a small neighbourhood park approximately 2 acres in size with direct street access from Chatham Street, Drummond Street, Brock Street and Nelson Street. This park is within walking distance of downtown Brantford as well as the Brantford Family YMCA. As part of our Parks & Recreation Masterplan, our goal is to ensure there are recreation opportunities within a 400m walking distance of every resident. Additional recreational opportunities which include playgrounds that overlap within a 400m buffer of Recreation Park include: Charlie Ward Park, Iroquois Park and Sheri-Mar Park. Please note that while some parks may fall within a 400m buffer circle around the park, walking distance may be increased due to location & availability of sidewalks, train tracks and bridges or main arterial roads.

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Recreation Park is completely surrounded by neighbourhood streets making this park the perfect candidate for a new playground that will have eyes on it at all times. With great sight lines into and throughout the park, neighbouring residents can comfortably watch their children play while sitting by the window at home. A majority of this park is taken up by a softball diamond. Approximately 0.35 acres in the park is currently used for the existing playground area which includes a 2 bay swing set, 14m x 25m asphalt multi-use pad and a platform play structure.

We would love to hear your thoughts and opinions about what you would like to see in the park!

Please click to view our Playground Replacement & Rehabilitation Program webpage to see up-to-date information as the project progresses throughout 2018.

Parks & Recreation would like to thank you for taking the time to participate in this survey and for providing valuable community feedback!

Survey Questions:

* 1. Do you have children you bring to the park? If so, what ages do they fall between? Check all that apply.

* 2. How often do you visit your local park?

* 3. What time of the day would you most often visit the park?

* 4. How would you normally get to the park?

* 5. What do you like to do at the park? (Check all that apply).

* 6. What do you think would be the most important play activity to have in the park? Please choose only ONE.

* 7. As a caregiver/parent(s), what do you look for at playgrounds to make your visit more enjoyable or comfortable? (Please choose THREE of the most important things to you)

* 8. When visiting a park, where do you prefer to rest/socialize?

* 9. What type of physical activity do you and/or your children enjoy most? Please choose TWO.

* 10. Would you/your child enjoy a sand play area in your park?

* 11. Would you/your child benefit from a “nature” themed learning and play area?

* 12. Which of the following “nature” themed learning/play elements do you think would be beneficial in your neighbourhood park? (Please choose all that apply)

* 13. If you had to evaluate a playground based on how “fun” it is, how would you rate the following playground features?

  Very Fun Fun Fun, but for a little while Boring Very Boaring
Swings (belt, tot and accessible swings)
Slides (straight, double, spiral slides)
Horizontal climbers (crawling tunnels)
Vertical Climbers (net climbers, rock walls)
Spinners (spinning egg)
Overhead Climbers (monkey bars, swinging rings)
Balance features (pods, log steppers, suspension bridges)
Fast flyers (track rides, circle arch swings)
Sand play area (sand box)
Natural Play Elements (log steppers, carved chairs, climbing field stones)

* 14. Are there any existing features in this park you would like to see replicated in the new playground renovation? If yes, please elaborate:

* 15. Please tell us about any issues with the current park area:

* 16. You are ALMOST done! Please tell us what else you would like to see in your new park. Do you have any ideas for improvements, special park features, services or programming? What addition to the park design would entice you to use the park more?

* 17. Please identify any features you would NOT like to see in this new park development and why?

* 18. Playgrounds are a great place for people of all ages, not just children. Are there any activities within this park that you feel would be fun for older kids (12+) and adults to participate in?

Would you like updates regarding the park design process? Please leave your name and email to receive more information as the park development process progresses.

* 19. Your Name (optional)

* 20. Your Email (optional)

Thank you for completing the City of Brantford New Park Development Survey. Your input is an essential part of ensuring our planning and design processes reflect the views and priorities of our community. If you have any questions regarding your participation in the survey, please contact the researcher by phone at 519-751-4150 ext. 5754 or email at

The personal information collected on this Public Survey is collected under the authority of Section 10 (1) of Municipal Act, 2001, as amended and will be used only to inform the development of a new in the area of West Brant in Brantford. Should you have any questions about the collection of this personal information, please contact the Manager of Communications, 100 Wellington Square, Brantford, ON N3T 2M3 or by telephone at 519-759-4150 ext. 5754.