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Toronto Opens Edithvale Park & Oriole Park’s Accessible Playground July 21, 2012

Toronto Opens Edithvale Park & Oriole Park's Accessible Playground July 21, 2012
Toronto Opens Edithvale Park & Oriole Park’s Accessible Playground July 21, 2012

City of Toronto (Ontario, Canada) will officially open the following two public places today, July 21:

New Neshama Playground in Oriole Park

201 Oriole Parkway at Frobisher Avenue

11 a.m

Above, Concept Plan of Neshama Playground at Oriole Park
Above, Concept Plan of Neshama Playground at Oriole Park

“The Capital Projects Section of Parks, Forestry & Recreation was leading a revitalization initiative for Neshama Playground  area located in the eastern portion of Oriole Park:

  • This project for improving the Neshama Playground at Oriole Park was initiated three years ago.
  • The Capital Project Section hired PMA Landscape Architects Ltd. for the design and implementation phase of the Neshama Playground project.
    • PMA is an award winning Toronto based, internationally respected landscape architecture firm having extensive experience achieving consensus-driven solutions in complex, multi-stakeholder environments
    • The design of Neshama Playground evolved through broad based community consultation

The goal is to provide exemplary play opportunities for children of all abilities in a manner that fits within the scale of this neighbourhood park.”

Neshama Playground’s objectives are fulfilled as follows:

  • Maintain and improve tennis courts
  • Maintain and improve tree cover
    • New plantings
  • Provide interactive, accessible play opportunities for children of all abilities
    • Senior age children and junior age children play areas, including swings
    • Sand play
    • Sensory musical features
    • Braille panels
    • Enclosed climbing merry-go-round and bounce pad
    • Swings and play structures
    • Colourful, springy surfacing
  • Improve washroom facilities to address provision of accessible washroom facilities
    • A new washroom building – redesigned to be universally accessible
  • Improve water play facility to contain accessible play facilities, both structured and

    • Junior age children splash play area
  • Improve lighting
    • New park lighting in the playground area, including the ‘commuter’ path between Frobisher and Chaplin
  • Improve seating
    • Many other simple amenities such as park benches and picnic tables, to improve the condition of the park, but maintain its charm and character
  • Improve recreation and general park experience for all users
    • Open space play areas
    • New plantings, lighting and seating

The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will join City of Toronto officials, project donors and other community members on Saturday to celebrate the opening of the Neshama Playground – “an inclusive playground for children of all ages.”

For more info on Neshama Playground, please click here.

Edithvale Park

131 Finch Ave. W.

2 to 5 p.m.; Remarks: 3 p.m.

Above, Edithvale Park in Toronto
Above, Edithvale Park in Toronto

Recreational Infrastructure Canada (Budget 2009 and Budget 2010) funds were used for enhancements to the playgrounds at both Edithvale Park South and Edithvale Park North.

  • Federal Funding: $33,000
  • Total Project Value: $99,000

Councillor John Filion (Ward 23 Willowdale) and City of Toronto staff will join members of the community to celebrate the opening of the new Edithvale Park with a ribbon cutting ceremony and family entertainment:

  • The new park features:
    • junior and senior playground structures
    • paved and lit pathways

The event will include:

  • a demonstration of the outdoor community bake oven
  • performances on the park’s outdoor stage by groups from the Edithvale Community Centre

City of Toronto Contact Info

For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can phone :

  • within Toronto city limits: 311
  • outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
    (can be used within Toronto if you can’t reach 311)
  • for TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
    Fax: 416-338-0685
  • (If your matter is urgent, please call them. They are open 24/7.)
  • always call 911 for emergencies



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