Demolition underway to make room for new Grimston Park playground

Grimston Park playground demolition. Photo: Briana Tomkinson
Grimston Park playground demolition. Photo: Briana Tomkinson

Demolition is underway at Grimston Park, as the work begins to replace the aging adventure playground with safer, more modern equipment. After a series of public consultations, the final design seems to be pretty much settled.

Here’s what will be included in the $230,000 upgrade:

  • A new tower
  • Slide utilizing the slope
  • New swings, including a platform swing
  • Spinning net
  • Climbing wall
  • Water feature stream that operates using a hand water pump supplied by surplus water from the wading pool.
  • Refurbish & incorporate existing monkey bars, slider track and teeter totter
  • All salvageable lumber and gravel from the existing playground to be reused

The existing wading pool, sports fields, lacrosse box and washrooms will remain untouched.

New Grimston Park playground plan
New Grimston Park playground plan

While the demolition work goes on, the playground at Grimston Park may be closed for up to two weeks, according to the information on NWPR’s website. There will be a gap of a number of weeks between the demolition and the installation of the new playground.

Over the winter, West End kids will have to make do with less. Last time I walked by the park, it looked like the metal monkey bars, swings, bouncers and two slides would remain, but the tearing-down was still underway. The spiral slide, fortress/walkway and log bridge were all gone.

It sounds like there will be a more extended playground closure after the new equipment is delivered. Expect about eight weeks of limited to no use of the playground while it all gets installed.

The new playground is expected to open in Spring 2010. After seeing the final designs on NWPR’s website, I am feeling more excited about the park to come. It looks like it tries to balance a more traditional ‘adventure play’ style with exploratory and imaginative landscaping. For example, the refurbished monkeybars appear to be placed so they cross a new water feature, so the kids could be climbing over or swinging above a little stream (or dry gully if no one is pumping water). The tires are also going to be reused to add a bit of playful architecture to the retaining wall, though they won’t be quite the same as we’ve been used to.

New Grimston playground design (Image: NWPR)
New Grimston playground design (Image: NWPR)