Wark Street Park Playground

A  New Playground for Wark Street Park

The Wark Street Park playground is 330 square metres in size and is located at the corner of Wark Street and Kings Road, near the Blanshard Community Centre. Based on community input, the City of Victoria upgraded the park's aging play equipment in summer 2013 to meet national safety standards and to better meet the needs of the community.

The Wark Street Park playground now features new play equipment suited for children 18 months to five years and five to 12 years of age. The playground has been expanded to provide an additional "spinning component" to compliment the two separate junior and senior play structures. The high swings were replaced in the sand area, which also includes a "theatre/stage" for imaginative play.

Community Consultation

Thank you to everyone who joined the conversation and provided input into the type of playground equipment they wanted to see in the park. The community was invited to drop by an open house in November 2012 at the Blanshard Community Centre to share what type of play equipment they'd like to see at Wark Street Park playground. Children were encouraged to participate. The neighbourhood received a fact sheet/invitation [PDF - 327 KB] in the mail. The open house poster was also available here [PDF - 3.2 MB].

Children and parents had the opportunity to view display panels and place stickers next to their favourite play equipment; draw their vision for the playground; meet Park planners and ask questions; suggest play area improvements for the enjoyment of the community; and complete a short survey. Those who were unable to attend the open house could view the display panels and participate in a survey online and at the Beacon Hill Park office until November 30, 2012.
The panels that were on display at the open house are available for viewing below:
Community input is summarized here.

Each year, the City of Victoria upgrades a number of its parks. Before any work begins, park planners consult with the community to listen to their ideas and determine what they would like to see improved. Each park is unique and the City strives to meet the community's needs while working within set budgets.