The Playground program is for children ages 6 to 12 years and is free of charge. Staff supervise each playground with training in the area of being a caring adult, play, friends, mastery and participation. Each staff member is certified with HIGH FIVE ® Principles of Healthy Child Development, Standard First Aid and CPR.
Since 1994 the Parks and Recreation Department has operated the Playground Program in local neighbourhoods. The Playground Program now operates at seven playgrounds throughout the city which includes three spray parks including the addition of Co-op East End Spray in 2019.
The purpose of the Playground Program is to provide a cost-efficient play program utilizing city playgrounds and making the program accessible to as many children as possible within the city.
The Playground is an area designed to serve the play interests and needs of children. The primary goal of the playground program is to encourage and guide the development of the children’s character, friendship, social attitude, active living and happiness in all their activities. Participation in playground activities conducted under qualified leadership and in a safe, developmentally appropriate and welcoming of diversity and uniqueness setting.