Splash pads for Hamilton and Turner Parks

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The City of Peterborough has a 10-year strategic plan to enhance the City’s outdoor water play facility needs through the development of new facilities and the replacement of aging facilities at various park locations across the City. The City currently has five splash pads in operation throughout the City.

Splash pads are a fantastic place for children to enjoy cool water on a hot and sunny day in the summer. They are typically open from the end of June to September (weather permitting), from noon until 7 p.m.

Definition of a Splashpad: A splashpad is a recreation area, often in a public park, for water play that has little or no standing water.

New Splash Pads for Summer 2022

Currently the City is seeking community input on plans for two new splashpad projects, one located at Turner Park and one at Hamilton Park, that are scheduled for construction in the Fall of 2021 ready for opening in Summer 2022.

Turner Park, at the intersection of High Street and Chamberlain Street, currently has a wading pool that is more than fifty years old. The proposed new splash pad would replace the aging wading pool. The splash pad will have approximately 14-18 play features and would be in the general location of the existing wading pool. The splash pad will not affect any of the other current park amenities.

Hamilton Park, on Bonaccord Street, currently has a spray post installed on a small concrete apron that is no longer functioning. The proposed splash pad will replace this old spray post and provide a smaller scale splash pad with approximately 10-14 features in the general location of the existing spray post. The splash pad will not affect any of the other current park amenities.

Have your say...

Surveys opened April 16, 2021 and closed on May 5, 2021 with 378 people providing feedback. Nearby trees, seating areas, and colourful aesthetics and nature were some of the ideas shared by community members through the survey consultation. Community feedback assists the City with designing a splashpad that will meet the needs of the neighbourhoods.

The survey responses have been summarized for both Turner Park and Hamilton Park and can be viewed under the project documents section.

What happens next...

The City will request proposals for the design and build of the splashpad. The results from the survey will be used to inform the design elements.

The successful design proposal will be shared on the project webpage.

Work is anticipated to start September 2021 with the new splashpad being operational in 2022, the wading pool at Turner Park will remain in place and open during this summer in 2021.

The City of Peterborough has a 10-year strategic plan to enhance the City’s outdoor water play facility needs through the development of new facilities and the replacement of aging facilities at various park locations across the City. The City currently has five splash pads in operation throughout the City.

Splash pads are a fantastic place for children to enjoy cool water on a hot and sunny day in the summer. They are typically open from the end of June to September (weather permitting), from noon until 7 p.m.

Definition of a Splashpad: A splashpad is a recreation area, often in a public park, for water play that has little or no standing water.

New Splash Pads for Summer 2022

Currently the City is seeking community input on plans for two new splashpad projects, one located at Turner Park and one at Hamilton Park, that are scheduled for construction in the Fall of 2021 ready for opening in Summer 2022.

Turner Park, at the intersection of High Street and Chamberlain Street, currently has a wading pool that is more than fifty years old. The proposed new splash pad would replace the aging wading pool. The splash pad will have approximately 14-18 play features and would be in the general location of the existing wading pool. The splash pad will not affect any of the other current park amenities.

Hamilton Park, on Bonaccord Street, currently has a spray post installed on a small concrete apron that is no longer functioning. The proposed splash pad will replace this old spray post and provide a smaller scale splash pad with approximately 10-14 features in the general location of the existing spray post. The splash pad will not affect any of the other current park amenities.

Have your say...

Surveys opened April 16, 2021 and closed on May 5, 2021 with 378 people providing feedback. Nearby trees, seating areas, and colourful aesthetics and nature were some of the ideas shared by community members through the survey consultation. Community feedback assists the City with designing a splashpad that will meet the needs of the neighbourhoods.

The survey responses have been summarized for both Turner Park and Hamilton Park and can be viewed under the project documents section.

What happens next...

The City will request proposals for the design and build of the splashpad. The results from the survey will be used to inform the design elements.

The successful design proposal will be shared on the project webpage.

Work is anticipated to start September 2021 with the new splashpad being operational in 2022, the wading pool at Turner Park will remain in place and open during this summer in 2021.

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    Water Play and Splash Pads Survey

    Nearby trees, seating areas, and colourful aesthetics and nature were some of the ideas shared by community members through a consultation on features to be included in two new splash pads that will be installed this year at Turner Park and Hamilton Park.

    Through the annual budget process, City Council has been dedicating funding to the creation of splash pads and the conversion of old water playground features into splash pads as a recreational amenity for children and families. The splash pads for Turner Park and Hamilton Park are small neighbourhood size splash pad projects that were approved in the City’s 2019 and 2021 budgets.

    Surveys on features and how the community will use the two splash pads were available with people being able to participate by telephone or online via the City’s community engagement platform, Connect Peterborough. The surveys opened April 16, 2021 and closed on May 5, 2021.

    Community feedback assists the City with designing a splashpad that will meet the needs of the neighbourhoods. The survey responses are summarized for each park below:

    Turner Park

    124 people responded to the Turner Park Survey. The survey results indicate park visitors primarily walk to visit Turner Park and spend an hour or less at the park. The survey results show a desire for a colourful aesthetic and a high demand for additional shade. 60 people chose to leave an additional comment with requests for extended operational hours and confirming their excitement to have the splashpad built along with the need for shade. Comments received have been summarized and posted on the project page.

    Turner Park survey results summary is available.

    Hamilton Park

    254 people responded to the Hamilton Park Survey. The survey showed 154 people walk to the park, 32 bike and 59 arrived by vehicle. 210 people spent less than an hour at the park. The survey showed a strong support to a nature aesthetic with tree planting for additional shade along with additional seating being high priority items. Respondents were able to provide additional comment at the end of the survey, 146 people chose to leave an additional comment that included comments on how much they were looking forward to having a safe waterplay opportunity close to their homes, concerns of water from the splashpad entering Jackson Creek, and comments about increased traffic on Bonnacord Street .Comments have been summarized and posted on the project webpage. The concerns noted will be reviewed and addressed by the project team through the design process as the project progresses.

    Hamilton Park survey results summary is available.

    Future information about the project and a concept plan will be updated on the Connect Peterborough project page as they come available.

    The City currently has five splash pads in operation throughout the City. Splash pads are hard surface playgrounds that have water squirts, ground geysers and decorative water spray features. Splash pads serve children from toddler age to pre-teen.

    Gillian Barnes, Project Manager, Facilities and Planning Initiatives 705-742-7777 ext. 1828 or by email at gbarnes@peterborough.ca.