Municipal Playgrounds

The City of Greater Sudbury is asking residents for feedback about municipal playgrounds in their neighbourhood.

The purpose of this community consultation is to provide Greater Sudbury Council with information about frequency of use, level of satisfaction, preferred play structures, landscaping and design to develop a citywide standard of quality for all municipal playgrounds.

Take our online survey to tell us about your municipal playground.

How can I speak with a City representative in person?

Staff from City of Greater Sudbury Leisure Services will travel to 12 municipal playgrounds to speak with residents about how often they visit their playground, what they like and dislike about their playground and whether they would like to see new types of play structures, landscaping or playground design.

Find dates and times of a Neighbourhood Huddle at a playground nearest you.

Will the City of Greater Sudbury consult with volunteers?

Staff from City of Greater Sudbury Leisure Services will consult with Neighbourhood Playground Association volunteers during their annual Presidents’ Meeting on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

Will the City consult families of children with special needs?

The City of Greater Sudbury recognizes that municipal playgrounds must be inclusive for all residents.
Staff from City of Greater Sudbury Leisure Services will be reaching out to associations and committees representing individuals with special needs.

Will the City consult with older adults and seniors?

The City of Greater Sudbury recognizes that older adults and seniors are frequent visitors to municipal playgrounds with their grandchildren.

Staff from City of Greater Sudbury Leisure Services is especially interested to learn whether older adults and seniors have ideas for new design or structures to make municipal playgrounds more inclusive and comfortable for individuals of all ages.

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. 2507
Visit: Tom Davies Square, 200 Brady Street, Sudbury, ON

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.

Will splash pads and wading pools be considered as part of playground improvements?

For the purposes of this community consultation, splash pads and wading pools will not be considered.
Splash Pads are unsupervised water play areas located in parks and playgrounds.

The City of Greater Sudbury currently maintains 10 Splash Pads in central locations to serve as many residents as possible. See a list of Splash Pads in the City of Greater Sudbury.

Are there plans to close some municipal playgrounds?

No decision has been made to close any playgrounds. If municipal properties are considered for sale, public notification must follow under the City’s park land disposal policy.

What is the budget to improve municipal playgrounds?

The City of Greater Sudbury has prepared a business case to improve 58 municipal playgrounds that have been identified as being in poor condition.

Spending limits in 2018 to improve all or some of these identified playgrounds will be deliberated by Council as part of the overall municipal budget process.

Can I still participate in the community consultation if my municipal playground is assessed as being in good or satisfactory condition?

The City of Greater Sudbury welcomes feedback from all residents. The ultimate goal of this community consultation is to develop a citywide standard of quality for all municipal playgrounds. To achieve this goal, we need to hear ideas from every resident who cares about their playground, regardless of the age or condition of playground structures.

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.

Where are municipal playgrounds located?

See a map of all playgrounds in the City of Greater Sudbury.

Municipal playgrounds in each community are available below in text format.