What category are tennis courts?
Tennis courts in a Community Park would be a Community Led Amenity.
Is lighting included in core amenities?
As identified by Breathe, a Lighting Strategy for Open Space should be advanced. In the interim, the City will consider safety lighting along shared used pathways and at strategic locations within community parks.
What types of sportsfield fixtures are included in core amenities?
Typical Sportsfield fixtures would be baseball and soccer and would be in accordance with the Sports Field Strategy.
What will a core playground look like?
Core playgrounds will each be allocated a target budget. Within that budget, and through engagement with the community, playground equipment and a theme will be chosen. In addition, other core amenities such as access walkways, site furniture, bike racks and landscaping will round out the site. Comparable projects were designed and constructed through provincial infrastructure funding, with new playgrounds completed in the neighbourhoods of Inglewood, Baturyn, Wellington, Caernarvon and Calder.
How can we encourage innovation?
Each project will be unique and combine the talents of landscape architects, the creativity of community and consideration of new ideas that will foster innovation in community park amenities.
If Speciality Amenities are opportunity-driven what will be the process to add new amenities?
A district-level, as defined by the City Plan districts, approach will be taken to assess the opportunity for specialty amenities. We are currently working on the implementation details and anticipate this will be a data-driven and phased approach.
Will communities see a reduction in amenities?
We will be reviewing provision levels in Community Parks at a District Plan level. At this time we cannot confirm if there will be a reduction in amenities, however, as community parks are renewed, different types of amenities may be provided to reflect changes in community demographics and expectations. Ultimately, the program is intended to provide more equitable distribution of amenities city-wide.
How will accessibility be addressed?
All new or redeveloped play areas on City parkland are required to be designed, constructed and maintained according to CAN/CSA-Z614 Children's Playspace and Equipment Standard – Annex H. Annex H spells out the base level requirements for an accessible play space.
The Children Playspace and Equipment Standard also defines accessibility for those persons with disabilities at both ground and above ground levels of the play area and spells out the specifications for how this is to be achieved.
In addition, the City is committed to improving accessibility for all. Future capital development, such as parks, will be guided by the Corporate Accessibility Plan, the Accessibility for People with Disabilities Policy (C602) and the City of Edmonton Access Design Guide.