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Citizen-Z Cavan Young's 2004 film about the zamboni crisis





Lillian Henderson

Address: 227 Otonabee Ave, map

Recreational Infrastucture agreement:

Rationale describing the specific problems or objectives this project will address: "SERVICE IMPROVEMENT AND ENHANCEMENT- This project will replace the current low play-value/ less challenging playground equipment with modern multi-task structures that will provide greater physical challenges and better social interaction." Read more >>

Playground history (incomplete)

Lillian Park playground maintenance history

Stimulus fund playground spending:
Design and contract administration: $6,550
Supply and install playground equipment: $54,687
Supply and install granite-based playground sand: $30,720
Total cost: $91,957 (Budget: $95,000)


August 13, 2010: This playground is in a neighbourhood of mainly one- and two-story houses on large lots. There is a gated high-rise enclave to the west.

On a hot, sunny August afternoon, there was no one in the park. There are no washrooms, no shade at the playground, no water, and few benches. However, there is one new picnic table. The playground is not wheelchair-accessible (deep sand surfacing, no accessible features e.g. swing). The equipment contract went to Henderson.

There is a tennis club and a large decorative flowerbed at the south entrance, and the park is well-kept.

Photos: August 13, 2010

generic Stimulus Funds signage and large flowerbed

six swings -- but no accessible swing

south entrance to the park

new Henderson playground structure

no shade, no water, no washrooms, no kids

junior structure

looking south from the main park entrance

"X-Wave" wobbly balance beam

Henderson equipment, built April 2010

playground has two benches...

...and one picnic table

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