What We Heard
As a part of our process to build a new playground we conducted a needs assessment survey for the City of Edmonton. We are happy to share the summary of the responses we received. We will continue this engagement process and look forward to working toward a playground that enhances life in North Millbourne.
NMCL NEEDS ASSESSMENT SUMMARY (April/22)
“What We Heard” Report
In conducting the April 2022 Needs Assessment for the North Millbourne Playground Project with a Google form questionnaire, we received 83 responses. In analyzing the data a number of findings have come to light while these responses reinforced our previous findings and have begun to shape the community wishes in relation to design as well. Two out of three respondents attend to the playground once a month or more. They like the locations accessibility, activity based equipment (such as climbing apparatuses), seating areas and sand experience.
It became clear that the improvements to the playground area were deemed needed by respondents in a number of areas:
- Kid and Youth place spaces (mostly for elementary school age children) on modern surfacing were most requested.
- Additional seating areas and amenities – socialization seating (benches / picnic tables) and shelter were given very high priority with strong interest in community amenities including but not limited to shelter, garbage cans, interactive game tables, bike rack/pumps and art.
- Equipment focused on climbing / hanging / reaching as well as slides and swings.
- Integrated sensory and inclusive play with interactive components and experiences had a high value, as well as being restricted mobility accessible and having quiet space available.
While there was nostalgia for a sand experience we heard consistent commentary on concerns over its cleanliness and accessibility. Over 50% of respondents wanted to see a pour and place surfacing in some aspect.
Adult aspects also garnered commentary and might include additional seating, shelter, tabletop games, larger swings and exercise equipment.
Almost 90% of respondents were from North Millbourne (Michael’s Park or Tweddle Place) with 75% of them having 3 or more persons in the household with a similar approval rating in favour of a replacement / upgrade of the park.
As we move forward with design aspects, nature and adventure themes were prominent in the comments.
The Green Shack kids program will return this summer with weekday hours of 10:30am – 1:30pm daily. watch the website and social media for the start date.