City seeks input into Patrick Park playground

The City of Yorkton is getting a new playground. The current proposal would see a new play structure get installed in the northeastern corner of Patrick Park, and the city was at the Yorkton Public Library to get feedback on what direction they should go with this playground.

Taylor Morrison, Recreation Services Manager, said that the goal is to have a new playground in south-central Yorkton, because the area has lost four playgrounds in the past twenty years, whether they were city playgrounds or connected to schools. They identified that families in the area are looking for a playground they can access without crossing a major arterial road.

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The location in the park is meant to balance parking, access to the Brodie walking path and minimize disruption to the current disc golf course. While it is currently penciled in for Patrick Park, they still welcome feedback into the location and whether that’s the right spot for a playground in the area, said Morrison.

The city has received ten different proposals, which attendees at the presentation could examine, rank and discuss what they liked and disliked about the designs. The city wanted a playground with natural elements, Morrison said.

“Getting back to wood timbers, boulders – be they real or be they fabricated – incorporating and encouraging that natural play.”

They were happy to see children take an active part in the meeting, Morrison said, especially since they’re the playground experts.

“Parents are great, but generally it’s the kids playing on the playground, so we want to make sure that we’re getting their comments and feedback on it.”

The goal is to see a playground in place by fall of 2019.

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