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Everykids Park project completed ahead of schedule

Jun 30, 2020 | Facilities and Parks | General

Everykids Park, originally opened more than two decades ago, has a brand new look. Redesigned and re-imagined over the past year, the park’s features, inside the larger Harvey Curry Park, are ready for children to enjoy once the province signals that COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Openspace Solutions Inc. was awarded the contract to replace the Everykids Park play structures and splash pad at Harvey Curry Park (90 Dawson Road). Work began in September, with much of the preparation work completed in the fall and the splash pad opening on June 26, 2020. The target date for a public opening was July 1 so the project was completed ahead of schedule.

The accessible playground and the splash pad at Everykids Park have been completely replaced with features that meet the latest safety and accessibility standards, appropriate for all ages and abilities. Everykids Park was hailed as the first fully accessible playground in Canada when it originally opened. The original splash pad has been replaced with over 27 exciting, bright and colourful spray and water features including the main feature, the “Lady Bug Soaker”. The new pad features toddler, child and youth zones. The playstructures were sourced from Canada and Germany to deliver the most innovative and interactive designs, and the safety fall surfaces are fully accessible, including the first artificial turf play surface in Orangeville and a bold coloured rubberized surface.

“I’m very happy to see the completion of upgrades at Every Kids Park,” said Mayor Sandy Brown. “This was one of the first accessible children's parks in Ontario when it was constructed over 20 years ago. The transformation is spectacular -- with the splash pad now open, children can enjoy the warm weather. We’re looking forward to opening up the new playground structures as soon as the province allows.”

Developed in 1985, Harvey Curry Park is named after former reeve and Orangeville hardware merchant Harvey C. Curry. He served as Reeve of Orangeville Council and Warden of Dufferin County in 1947.  Mr. Curry was also a noted musician, operated a service station and lunch counter at the Wheeler Inn on First Street, and operated Curry’s Hardware at 149-151 Broadway.