• RSS feed
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Flickr


Griesbach Playground Design & Equipment: What do you think?

The Griesbach Playground Committee presented the site plan for Maple Leaf Playground for the very first time. They held an open house to get resident feedback. If you missed it, don’t worry. This is your opportunity to give us your opinion.

Below, you’ll find an overview of the project, a proposed site plan as well as photos showing the type of equipment they are considering putting in.

We need you to answer FOUR questions:

  1. What is your name and contact information (email and/or phone #)?
  2. What is your interest in the project? (eg. Parent, Community League Member, Resident, etc.)
  3. What do you LIKE about the plan?
  4. What do you DISLIKE about the plan?

To provide your feedback email Playground Feedback (click here) by MARCH 29, 2016.



View the detailed pdf:  Griesbach Site Development Plan

Highlights: As presented by Playground Chair, Jim Chonopoulos, March 10, 2016

Our playground area has an official name: Maple Leaf Park. It was named in honour of the  maple trees lining 97th Street that have become synonymous with our community and its military heritage.

playground site close up

Close up of concept plan. View pdf above for detailed view.

The Concept Plan describes the high level features of the park area as a whole. This was designed with the first level of community consultation in mind.

  • The playground’s concrete walkway is connected to the concrete walkway at the school
  • The circular design maximizes surface area use
  • The playground has three play zones:
    • a play area for children under aged 2-5
    • another larger one for children aged 5 -12
    • and a small sand play area for children under 5
  • The park includes a bike path with bike bumps that will run around the playground perimeter (see examples below). It will also include  granular walking trails, bridges, rails and increased elevation on north side (to again reduce winter north winds)
  • The plan includes includes a concrete plaza to house a shelter, picnic tables concrete paving (ideal for birthday parties and other gatherings)
  • The is a zone that has been set aside for a future spray park (which is not part of immediate plans)
  • Maple trees define the circular perimeter of the playground, with multiple park benches facing the play zones
  • Coniferous trees and various shrubs will be positioned to maximize aesthetic accents and reduce cold north wind in winter
  • Concrete pour areas will contain leaf imprints throughout the playground

The playground committee has chosen an equipment supplier to work with. The first draft of their equipment selections feature several options, and have been chosen to maximize the amount of equipment permitted on a space of this size. Highlights include:

  • 2-5 year old play zone featuring outdoor themes like boulders and tree stumps, fossil dig in sand area, omni spin “merry go round”, spring bouncing airplane
  • 5-12 year old play zone featuring a multi level rope climbing platform
  • Stone cave and boulder climbing feature
  • Traditional swings, tire swings, the tallest slide we are allowed to use
  • And much much more
Screen Shot 2016-03-14 at 7.28.10 PM

An artist’s rendering of the playground equipment. Note: not entirely to scale.


Two examples of bike bumps. Ours will fall somewhere in between.


Our bike bumps won’t be “quite” this rad!



Structure for 2-5 year olds.


Another view of small children’s structure.


Structures for 5-12 year olds. Dual slide and fort visible.


Merry go round is visible in this image.


So, what do you think? Again, we want to hear what you like and what you don’t. Please email your responses to the four questions above by MARCH 29.

Your feedback will help us build a playground we can all be proud of for years to come.