Steveston playground moves to design, costing phase

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The playground in Steveston Community Park is slated for a complete overhaul, and is now moving on to its detailed design and costing phase.

Richmond city council discussed the upgrades while meeting as parks, recreation and cultural services committee last week. The detailed design will cost up to $100,000 for consultant services, of which half will come from the city’s 2017 capital budget and the other half from the Steveston Community Society. Council is required to approve an updated plan on next steps due to the budget implications.

Last upgraded in 2003, the playground’s water park was added in 2006 and its slide mound was reconstructed in 2014. A city staff report notes that most of the areas are “reaching the end of their life cycle and do not meet today’s inclusive accessibility standards.”

The renewal process began in 2014 and included public engagement in 2016. Council approved a location for the new playground in December 2020, and now that a location has been confirmed for the new community centre and library—which does not conflict with the playground renewal.

Construction on the new playground is expected to begin in spring 2022.

Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Richmond Sentinel