What is the role of United Way Centraide North East Ontario in municipal playground renewal?

    United Way Centraide North East Ontario is dedicated to helping kids be all that they can be.

    While each renewed municipal playground has an accessible feature, the United Way Centraide North East Ontario is committed to making playgrounds more accessible for all to enjoy.

    The United Way Centraide North East Ontario will work to unite community partners, businesses and individuals to purchase additional play options that will enhance and enrich the lives of individuals with special needs.

    How does the City of Greater Sudbury decide which playgrounds will be renewed in a given year?

    When determining which playground to renew in a given year, the city looks at each neighbourhood for socio-economic factors, degree of equipment deterioration and recommendations of the Parks, Open Space and Leisure Master Plan review for more accessible options for playgrounds.

    Additional municipal playgrounds scheduled for renewal will be announced in 2019.


    Why is the City of Greater Sudbury renewing municipal playgrounds?

    In 2016, the City of Greater Sudbury initiated a review of its 189 municipal playgrounds at the direction of City Council. The review ranked 58 playgrounds as being in poor condition, meaning replacement is required within five years.

    As part of the 2018 municipal budget process, Council received and approved a business case for a Playground Revitalization strategy. Council approved an investment of $2.3 million to renew 58 playgrounds rated in poor condition over a period of two to three years.

    The United Way Centraide North East Ontario has pledged to match the city's investment through the provision of additional accessible and barrier-free play options.

    What is a municipal playground?

    A municipal playground is an easily accessible park space, serving the recreational needs of homes and apartments within an approximate 10 minute walking distance.

    A municipal playground may contain any or all of the following: play structures, sand boxes, benches, informal playing fields, natural areas, community gardens and outdoor rinks.

    Municipal playgrounds are usually no more than 1 hectare (2.5 acres) in size but may also be located within a larger community park.

    How many municipal playgrounds are in Greater Sudbury?

    The City of Greater Sudbury is responsible for 189 municipal playgrounds. This represents an approximate ratio of one playground for every 87 children from birth to age nine, which is one of the highest rates of access in Ontario.

    86 playgrounds were installed within the last five to eight years and are in good condition.

    45 playgrounds are in satisfactory condition but require replacement within ten years.

    58 playgrounds are in poor condition and require replacement in less than five years.

    Who can I contact for more information or to speak with a staff representative?

    For more information about this municipal playground community consultation:

    Email: leisure.services@greatersudbury.ca
    Telephone: 705-674-4455, ext. 2446
    Visit: Tom Davies Square, 200 Brady Street, Sudbury, ON