Playground at Ben Lee Park will close for upgrades

Park closed for upgrades

The Ben Lee Park playground is getting an upgrade, including the installation of a new, accessible swing.

Fencing will go up around the playground on Monday, October 4, before upgrade work goes into full swing. The playground is slated to reopen by the end of October.

Work will be contained within the playground area and the rest of Ben Lee Park will remain open to public access.

A new freedom glider will be added to the playground. The glider is a swing that wheelchair users can enjoy without having to move out of their chair.

Some equipment will be rearranged to make room for the glider, including the play car moving from the south end to the north end of the playground. The playground’s rubber surface will also be repaired once equipment is repositioned and installed.

During the closure of the Ben Lee Park playground, residents can find alternative accessible playground options at Rowcliffe Park, Rutland Centennial Park and at the Parkinson Recreation Centre.

Residents unfamiliar with Ben Lee Park can find the accessible playground in the southeast corner of the park, between the Ben Lee waterpark and Franklyn Road.

The park officially opened in 2001, named after former teacher and City Councillor Ben Lee.

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