Burling­ton closes Pine­meadow splash pad

Com­mu­nity push on for nat­u­ral play­ground

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - BURLING­TON POST

The City of Burling­ton has per­ma­nently closed the Pine­meadow Park splash pad.

The city an­nounced Fri­day the clo­sure was due to the splash pad’s age and ex­ten­sive re­pairs needed to up­grade the elec­tri­cal com­po­nents to meet cur­rent codes and stan­dards.

“The cost to re­place the elec­tri­cal sys­tem is not within a rea­son­able bud­get, there­fore, the splash pad will be re­moved and not re­placed,” ac­cord­ing to the City of Burling­ton’s web­site.

Pine­meadow Park, at 3171 Pine­meadow Dr., is still open. Dur­ing the re­moval of the splash pad, some ar­eas may be closed off for safety.

Nearby Ire­land Park opened its splash pad this sum­mer. The fa­cil­ity was meant to re­place the pad at Pine­meadow.

The Ire­land Park splash pad is ac­ces­si­ble to any­one with a dis­abil­ity, of­fers greater wa­ter con­ser­va­tion, and has sup­port­ing park fa­cil­i­ties.

A com­mu­nity project is un­der­way to build a nat­u­ral play­ground at the Pine­meadow Park. A group of res­i­dents se­cured $5,000 from the city to as­sist them in its de­vel­op­ment.

A nat­u­ral play­ground uses nat­u­ral land­scapes, plants and ma­te­ri­als in a cre­ative and in­ter­ac­tive way for chil­dren’s play and ex­plo­ration.

“Nat­u­ral playscapes are cre­ated for the en­hance­ment of a child’s cu­rios­ity, imag­i­na­tion, won­der, dis­cov­ery, to nur­ture a child’s con­nect­ed­ness and affin­ity for the world around them,” stated the city’s web­site.

“Play com­po­nents may in­clude earth shapes (sculp­tures), en­vi­ron­men­tal art, na­tive veg­e­ta­tion (trees, shrubs, grasses, flow­ers, lichens, mosses), boul­ders or other rock struc­tures, dirt and sand, nat­u­ral fences (stone, wil­low, wooden), tex­tured path­ways, and nat­u­ral wa­ter fea­tures.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved with the de­sign and con­struc­tion of cer­tain as­pects of the play­ground is asked to con­tact Denise Beard, man­ager of com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment at the city, at denise.beard@burling­ton.ca, or fol­low the com­mu­nity Face­book group at www.face­book.com/ Burling­ton Nat­u­ral Play grounds.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the re­moval of the Pine­meadow Park splash pad, con­tact Becky El­lis at the city at 905-335-7600, ext. 7363.

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