Roselea park – a hidden gem in ward 5 – is used most often as a throughway because of its walking path that links Roselea Crescent and Mayfield Avenue. In the winter it’s used for tobogganing and skating on the community rink. What’s missing though? A playground!
On Monday July 8, 2019 City of Waterloo Environment and Parks staff, more than 10 residents – kids included – and I met to discuss the possibility of a playground in Roselea Park.
Here’s some of what we learned at the meeting:
While it’s not yet confirmed early findings from the Parkland Strategy are showing that Roselea Park has been identified as lacking a park. In other words, it sounds like it could be a likely candidate for a playground.
The city, pending council approval of the 2020-2022 budget, can put a relatively standard playground into a park which costs around $40,000.
Putting a playground in a park can increase safety there because neighbours naturally look out for playground users and playgrounds encourage more regular users.
Following Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles, playgrounds aren’t usually lit because lighting creates a false sense of security.
There are a range of ways residents can get involved in getting a playground into a nearby park from raising money (through private fundraising and/or applying for a neighbourhood matching grant), to helping install the playground, to having your say about what you’d like to/not like to see there, to sending good vibes!
As for next steps, here are the first few: I’ll be typing up and sharing notes I took at the meeting with staff (there were some great visions shared about what this playground could be that should not be lost); scheduling an evening meeting for those who were unable to attend the daytime meeting on July 8; and, I’m keeping a list of all those interested in staying involved in this project – if you want to stay up to date, please let me know.