Playset for Mt. Brydges subivision

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MT. BRYDGES - Come Spring, young residents in a Mt. Brydges subdivision will be getting a new place to play.

Council approved a proposal from Wellesley-based company Openspace Solutions Inc. to build an accessible playground in the park on Bennett Crescent, in the recently-assumed Johnstone subdivision (called South Creek) just south of Parkhouse Drive.

Bennett Crescent Park is currently just open green space. Plans revealed during a municipal council meeting on Tuesday, 16 February 2021 included renderings of geometric, modern play equipment, and include a swing set, a multi-use structure with slides, monkey bars, rope wall climbing, and some small satellite accessories such as a teeter-totter and coil spring structures. The playground will cost about $113,500.

“The successful bidder is not the low bidder on the project, but did score the highest on our scoring matrix,” explained Rob Lilbourne, Director of Community Services. That scoring matrix took into account technical requirements, price, warranty, creativity, aesthetics, and other similar qualities.

Seven bid packages were received by the municipality, ranging from $103,200 to $113,500. Pricing accounted for about 30% of the bid’s score.

Council’s concerns were related to accessibility. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act sets out accessibility requirements for infrastructure, including recreation equipment. Staff say the entire structure was designed with accessibility in mind.

“There are transfer ramps to allow people to access the structure itself, crown mounted activities, as well as an accessible swing set,” explained Lilbourne.

Within the main structure there is an accessible swing also. This goes a long way toward making sure no child is left behind. Staff estimate the playground to open by May.

McKinley Leonard-Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner