In today’s update to Council about the playground equipment replacement, the following news was shared:
The tender process for the new playground equipment is complete and this memo is to provide Council an update on the project. Public consultation through Engaging Midland was extremely valuable and a significant amount of data was received with residents providing excellent feedback. This helped guide the Request for Proposal process in a manner that aligned with the goals and priorities of Midland residents and will continue to do so in future playground replacement projects.
The engagement process determined that residents prioritized replacements at Little Lake Park East, Pete Pettersen, Bayview, and Tiffin Parks. The staff evaluation committee for the Playground Replacement Request for Proposals finalized evaluations and two different vendors have been awarded contracts. Artists’ renderings of the selected installations are attached to this memo.
Little Lake Park East and Bayview Park playgrounds have been awarded to Play Power Canada. Play Power Canada will start installations in the spring of 2022.
Pete Pettersen Park Playground has been awarded to Openspace Solutions Inc. This installation is also scheduled for spring 2022.
Tiffin Park Playground was included as a provisional item but there was insufficient budget, and no vendor was awarded the contract.
While the objective was for installations to occur in 2021, it is unfortunate that Covid-19 has had an impact on the industry resulting in substantial supply chain issues and overwhelming demands for new recreation equipment. However, staff is confident the equipment selections will be something all Midland residents will be proud of come installation time in Spring 2022.
Here is what has been ordered and will be installed in the spring. 2022 budget talks begin this fall and I will be pushing for the remainder of our parks to be equipped ASAP, along with the installation of the splashpad. Outdoor recreation is more important than ever and worthy of some investment!