The District of North Saanich has taken the next step in upgrading the play structure at Jubilee Park, with council approving the procurement plan for the equipment.
Council unanimously approved a staff recommendation to receive a report on the project for information and endorse the procurement plan at a regular council meeting on Monday (Jan. 30.)
The project to upgrade the park has a previously approved budget of $250,000, with staff anticipating around $150,000 to be spent on site preparation and $100,000 to be spent on the play structure itself.
The procurement plan presented to council follows public consultation in August, November and December 2022. Initial consultation identified the need to improve accessibility, prompting staff to request new proposals from three playground suppliers.
After staff narrowed it down to just two designs, the public was give the chance to choose which of the two would be pursued for the project. In the survey , 63 per cent of the 183 respondents said they preferred the design titled Option 2, which includes more options but features wood chip flooring, rather than the rubber flooring of Option 1.
Staff told council during the meeting that despite the wood chip flooring, the Option 2 design was still considered accessible as a smooth ramp provides access to the main play structure from a paved pathway which will run through the play area.
With the procurement plan approved, staff will now contact the three providers to ask for their final quotes to deliver a play structure in line with the Option 2 design, and prepare the project for final approval.
According to a report, staff intend to deliver the project in 2023. The park’s existing play structure was installed in 2017.
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