by Christine Sharma on June 1, 2018
After over a decade of construction, a huge new park is set to join Brampton’s roster of incredible outdoor spaces very soon.
If you love going outside, splash pads, or just exploring what the city has to offer, this one’s for you!
The Creditview Activity Hub, part of Creditview Park, will be entirely compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), making it unique from other activity spaces in Brampton. The Hub is the latest phase of construction on Creditview Park.
Originally, construction on the park began in 2004-2005, and has been phased to accommodate additional facilities since.
According to the City, 100-acre space at Creditview Road and Sandalwood Parkway is set to feature fully accessible play structures and elements for children and families to enjoy.
That includes children with physical, mental, and emotional challenges, and disabilities.
What can we expect to see at the Hub itself?
According to the City, the entire Hub will be “water-cycle” themed and colour coordinated. It will also incorporate educational signage.
With the park’s size, we can anticipate an abundance of accessible elements.
Basketball, a bounce wall, four-square, hopscotch, swings for all ages and abilities, junior/senior climbers, slides, sand tables, and a “sway ship” are among those accessible elements that are being built.
Further, the park will have shade shelters and umbrellas, accessible benches and picnic tables, seat walls, and fully accessible surfacing, meaning artificial turf, rubberized play areas, concrete, and asphalt.
One additional picnic area is set to join the space. Picnic areas at Creditview Park accommodate 40-50 people, according to the City.
As for safety and supervision, the Hub will feature age-progressive play areas throughout – structures for younger and older children that will be spaced out to better accommodate for parents watching their children.
Here’s another new idea – the Hub will have quiet and reflective areas suitable for children who want to play alone.
The city already has 12 splash pads, and now, a fully accessible one will join the roster of elements at the Hub. The new splash pad will feature custom water and spray elements constructed to follow the “water-cycle” theme.
There’s an environmentally-friendly aspect to the splash pad, too, where water from the pad will be captured in a “nature pond” and recycled to irrigate the adjacent soccer fields.
Now that we’re on the topic of environmental friendliness, there are also no underground drainage sewers in the park – all rainwater and drainage infiltrates naturally back into the ground, rather than being piped into a sewage system
And, about 2,500 trees and shrubs will have been planted throughout the space when it opens.
But play areas for children and environmental initiatives are not all the park has under its belt.
A statement from the City reads that the massive space 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, one unlit soccer field, three lit soccer fields, and two lit artificial turf, FIFA-approved soccer fields.
A fieldhouse will encompass public change rooms and washrooms, first aid, concession, and more shaded seating.
Looking to take a walk around the park?
You’re also covered in the City’s plans – the park has three kilometres of walking trails that connect to surrounding Trans Canada nature trails and Natural Heritage System Valleys that are scheduled to have asphalt paths by the end of the year.
The park boasts a whopping 1,000 parking spots.
It all sits at an estimated cost of $3.1 million.
The Creditview Activity Hub will be the first of its kind in the region to fully comply with AODA.
When will the massive new park – rivalling the size of Chinguacousy Park – open?
According to the City, the park is slated to open in summer 2018, though an exact date has not yet been confirmed.
Are you looking forward to the park’s completion?