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Posted on: June 15, 2021

Council approves Kew Gardens playground replacement

Kew Gardens Playground

Lacombe, Alberta (June 15, 2021) – Based on a recommendation from the Lacombe and District Recreation, Parks, and Culture Board, Council yesterday awarded the contract to replace the playground at Kew Gardens to Canadian Recreation Solution in the amount of $149,750.00 plus GST.

“The playground renewal program helps us maintain the City’s service level in outdoor facilities and amenities,” Mayor Grant Creasey said. “By bringing in the latest playground equipment, we can help our youngest citizens not only have fun – but also grow and prosper in our community.”

The City issued a Request for Proposal on March 16, 2021, seeking playground supply and install at Kew Gardens, including new groundcover, plus demolition of the old equipment. The RFP closing date was April 22, 2021.

“City staff assessed the nine proposals received against the mandatory requirements, which did not disqualify any proposals,” said Director of Community Services Deborah Juch. “They were then evaluated against the discretionary criteria which included innovation, design, layout, maintenance, warranty, budget, and schedule.”

In addition to the standard elements, the Canadian Recreation Solution playground design includes a custom Little Tikes Commercial Nu Edge 3 Story Tower, which will be a first for the city. As well, engineered wood fibre as groundcover adds a more accessible element to its design.

The Lacombe and District Recreation, Parks, and Culture Board unanimously recommended the Kew Gardens Option 1 with the natural green and brown colours to Council (see Background Information below).

The City prepares for playground lifecycle replacement by budgeting to replace the oldest playgrounds in the city. Proposed playground designs and replacement equipment should be innovative and unique if possible, while fostering the development of children’s motor, sensory, and social skills.

For additional information, contact:

Todd Vaughan
Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator
D: (403) 782-1236
C: (403) 877-4394
E: tvaughan@lacombe.ca