Frequently Asked Questions
HOW WAS THE FINAL DESIGN CHOSEN?
Playground designs were refined based on our projected fund raising amounts for April 2023. Community members and youth at two local schools (300+ students) voted between these two final designs in March 2023!
WHY ARE THE CURRENT PLAYGROUNDS BEING REMOVED?
Both playgrounds at the Royal Sunalta Park have reached the end of their life cycle and the city of Calgary will be removing both playgrounds in 2023.
WHY IS THERE ONLY GOING TO BE ONE PLAYGROUND INSTEAD OF TWO?
Moving the playground to a single, larger site (where the tot swings are currently located) allows improved accessibility for people of all abilities and allowed creation of a more diverse play structure that people of all ages can enjoy.
WILL THE LOCATION OF THE PLAYGROUND EFFECT SLEDDING AND TOBOGGANING IN THE WINTER?
No, the location of the new playground will remain outside the signed designated boundaries of the sledding/tobogganing area at Royal Sunalta Park.
WHY IS THE PRICE SO HIGH?
Playgrounds typically range from $250,000 (standard playground with basic equipment and gravel surfacing) to well over $1,000,000 (fully inclusive playgrounds on a large footprint with rubber surfacing).
DOES THE COST INCLUDE INSTALL?
Yes, the total budget includes purchase of all equipment, rubber surface supply and installation, freight, and equipment installation.
WHO WILL MAINTAIN THE PLAYGROUND?
The City of Calgary will maintain the playground through the Parks Department. There will be volunteer opportunities for area residents to help maintain the playground.
WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS PLAYGROUND?
The surrounding inner-city communities, families and children will benefit from access to a modern playground.
The playground will augment other existing features in the park such as benches, picnic tables, sledding hill, skating rink, and flat spaces used for soccer, Tai Chi and meditation.
ARE THERE REALLY ENOUGH CHILDREN TO WARRANT ANOTHER PLAYGROUND?
Yes! Based on 2016 Census data, 2,895 children live within 1.5km radius of Royal Sunalta Park. That number is projected to increase 20% by 2030.