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Creating a Brookfield Residential Playground - 10 Steps

Playgrounds are an important piece of any complete community. The Smarter Growth Initiative calls a community “complete” if you can work, live and play without leaving – and if you can flourish throughout all stages of life.

A large part of these complete communities is how well they contribute to the health of residents.

Playgrounds provide an array of health benefits beyond just providing entertainment, they help build social, cognitive and physical skills as well as encourage kids to get moving and stay active.

It is important when we build the playgrounds in our communities that we consider not only active play, but also social, imaginative and inclusive play. We also need to consider social and environmental sustainability elements that will allow our parks to truly make a difference in residents lives.

A lot goes into building a park before we can even start construction. The design and approval phase of a new playground usually takes around five months and we must follow these 10 steps:

  • Step 1

    1 Week – Preparing for the site concept – this includes how we want the park to function, the layout, grading and budgeting.

  • Step 2

    2 Weeks – Collecting feedback from the community and any other stakeholders to make sure we are creating a park that everyone can enjoy.

  • Step 3

    2.5 Weeks – Refining concepts – this includes finalizing site furnishings and thematic elements, as well as designing for site accessibility and recreational design.

  • Step 4

    1 Week – Reviewing the concept and budget with stakeholders.

  • Step 5

    3 Weeks - Preparing detailed construction drawings - this includes structural, irrigation, and custom design elements.

  • Step 6

    5 Weeks – Submitting and circulating the preliminary design drawings through the Parks Department at The City of Calgary.

  • Step 7

    1.5 Weeks – Receiving and reviewing comments from The City and preparing revisions to the design drawings.

  • Step 8

    1.5 Weeks – Finalizing plans with The City and receiving construction approval.

  • Step 9

    2 Weeks – Requesting submission of pricing after submitting price documents and drawings to the contractor.

  • Step 10

    1 Week – Receiving final approval of price submissions.

From the preliminary planning to when the first child gets to play, the process of creating a playground is complex, but the rewards are immense and last for generations.