The Creditview Activity Hub will feature fully accessible play structures and elements for all children including those with physical, mental and emotional challenges and disabilities
BRAMPTON, ON: Great things are happening! Construction has started on the Creditview Activity Hub located in the new, city-wide park at the junction of Creditview Road and Sandalwood Parkway. Second in size after Chinguacousy Park, this 100-acre park has undergone a phased construction since 2004.
When completed in Spring 2018, the Creditview Activity Hub and entire park facility including play structures and elements, will be the first of its kind to be fully compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA). The entire facility will be fully accessible for persons with physical, mental, and emotional challenges.
About the Activity Hub
· Approximately 8,000 square metres (85,000 square feet) in size
· Entire facility will be themed with a water-cycle idea, colour-coordinated with educational signage
· Fully accessible play structures and elements which comply with the latest AODA regulations
· Play elements for children with physical, mental and emotional challenges and disabilities
· Elements include: basketball, bounce wall, 4-square and hopscotch, swings for all ages and abilities, junior/senior climbers, slides, sand tables, and a sway ship (also wheelchair accessible)
· Shade shelters and umbrellas, accessible benches and picnic tables, seat walls, and fully accessible surfacing (e.g. artificial turf, rubberized play areas, concrete, and asphalt)
· Fully accessible splash pad featuring custom water/spray elements fabricated and airbrushed to follow the water-cycle theme
· Age-progressive play areas throughout the site: play structures for the very young and older children will be spaced out in a manner that will provide for better safety and supervision
· “Quiet/reflective” areas suitable for children who want to play alone, or for children with developmental disabilities
· Estimated cost of $3.1 million
Facts about the park
· More than 100 acres in size
· Originally constructed from 2004 – 2005, with phased construction since then to accommodate additional facilities
· Features eight mini soccer fields, two cricket/soccer combo fields, one junior cricket field, two lit football/soccer combo fields, two lit lacrosse/soccer combo fields, four soccer fields (three of which are lit), and two lit artificial turf, FIFA-approved soccer fields
· Parking for approximately 1,000 vehicles (250 asphalt spots, 750 gravel spots). All parking areas are scheduled to be upgraded to asphalt by year’s end
· A fieldhouse with public change rooms/washrooms, first aid, concession areas, and shaded seating.
· Approximately three kilometres of walking trails, which are scheduled to be upgraded to asphalt by 2018
· Plans for the park include installation of fitness stations along the trails to create “fitness loops” for park users and residents
· The walking trails connect to the surrounding Trans Canada nature trails and Natural Heritage System/ Valleys
· One picnic shelter that can accommodate 40-50 people with plans for the installation of an additional shelter by 2018
· The Activity Hub will be the latest phase in the continued development of Creditview Park
· There are no underground drainage sewers in the park. All water drainage is handled by utilizing Low Impact Development (LID) technology and best practices. This helps the environmental footprint of the park, as all rainwater and drainage infiltrates naturally back into the ground, rather than being piped into the sewer system
· Water from the splash pad will be captured in a “nature pond” which will be recycled to irrigate the adjacent soccer fields. This will reduce overall water consumption and provide environment-friendly design to reuse any water
· Approximately 2,500 trees and shrubs have been planted; more than 500 have been planted in discussion with the Credit Valley Conservation Authority to provide a naturalized environment, improve biodiversity, improve storm water quality and prevent erosion
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