The City of Windsor Parks Department has begun work on improvements to Willistead Park, including a new accessible playground.
The new playground will be custom designed and themed with elements inspired by Willistead Manor’s architecture. The structure will be accessible and feature a ramped gazebo, play panels and rubber surface. A large tube slide, swings and climber are also being included. The new playground will be located in the same location as the existing one.
The existing playground will be the closed until the new one is complete. An alternative accessible playground nearby is located at Lanspeary Park. All walkways and seating outside the construction area will continue to be available to the public during construction.
Willistead Park is located at 1899 Niagara Street and includes a series of interconnected pathway loops to enable users to enjoy all Willistead has to offer, including more than 300 majestic trees and the Paul Martin Gardens located in the secluded shade of the Willistead Manor courtyard.
Ward 4 Councillor Mark McKenzie has been in discussions with the Parks Department for many months to make sure that this new accessible playground would be ready for summer, while also making sure that it would be completed by the end of May 2023 as to not disturb the annual 'Art in the Park' event in June.