The Oaks Neighbourhood Play Structure
In 2017, The City of Winnipeg revisited the topic of a playground in the Oaks neighbourhood and asked for the neighbourhood's feedback on the installation of a small play structure, complete with a slide, two stand-alone play components, two benches, and a swing set. Public feedback did not overwhelmingly support nor oppose such construction, therefore there is no plan to move forward with construction at this time.
In October 2017, 189 postcards were distributed to residents in the Oaks Neighbourhood to ask for their input on a small play structure in the local park. 77 households responded.
Public input gathered from the online survey demonstrates divided opinions on the installation of a small playground in the Oaks neighbourhood. With 51% of respondents supporting a playground and 45% of respondents opposing a playground, there is no clear preference from residents in the neighbourhood.
Respondents in support of a playground explained that there is need for a place to meet neighbours in the community and area for children to play. Respondents in opposition to a playground explained that there is an abundance of private playgrounds in residents' backyards and shared concerns of nuisances such as noise, litter, and crime. Despite differences in opinion with regards to a small playground, there was significant common ground with regards to what respondents like about their neighbourhood, signifying that there are common values within the neighbourhood.
Full results are contained in the public engagement report.
The project team had thought the approach of proposing a small playground may illicit different results from the last time the community had commented on a playground in the Oaks Neighbourhood. Due to the narrow margin of community support for a small playground, there is no intention to move forward with this project at this time. The team would like to express their gratitude towards those who took the time to provide input.
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A neighbourhood survey, conducted in 2015, revealed a strong division in the community over the playground. With no clear results or community preference from the 2015 survey, the playground was put on hold. The City issued a survey in October 2017 to revisit the neighbourhood’s interest in a small playground, complete with a slide, two stand-alone play components, two benches, and a swing set.