Hamilton Public Works Committee Approves Climbing Structure at Newlands Park on Mountain

Hamilton Mountain kids can go on an adventure playing in Newlands Park.

After a two-week delay, the February 14 public works committee approved a $120,000 climbing device, as well as additional outdoor fitness structures in the park at 137 Lynbrook Dr.

“You can send your kid to the rock face and you can do your circuit training,” Ward 8 Coun said. Jean-Paul Danko. “It’s something for the whole family.”

When Danko initially presented the climbing wall for the park at the January 31 meeting, several councilors were skeptical of the potential risk to children using the various structures, especially when there were no photos available at see.

Ancaster County Lloyd Ferguson, although he approved the motion, remained hesitant to have the play equipment installed.

“It’s an interesting concept,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like it before. I’m just glad he’s not going to Ancaster right now.

Ward 5 County. Russ Powers said that after viewing the photos of the structures he was comfortable approving the motion.

“Probably a number of us were imagining a mini-version of Mount Everest,” he said. “The structures are very interesting and certainly stimulating for the participants.

These climbing structures varied from a slide-like structure measuring 120 inches in height to rock-like structures with built-in handles on one or cracks on another that rise to approximately 107 inches.

Danko had said these types of play devices encouraged children to “take risks” instead of engaging with “overly sterilized” equipment.

Approximately $60,000 would be used to design and install the structure, while the other half of the funding, to be taken from Ward 8’s capital reserve fund, would be used for the safety surface. The annual operating cost would be around $2,500.

Danko said the climbing structure would encourage children and young people to “understand a bit more risky play” so that they “don’t get wrapped up in bubble wrap”. The benefits are really well documented; be able to develop skills in risk assessment. It’s something that really excites me. »

District 4 Com. Sam Merulla agreed that these types of play structures “encourage outdoor fun” allowing them to leave their screens, especially if they project a sense of “danger”. He said children learn “cognitively” from these types of devices.

“I’m more concerned about kids hanging from the escarpment than in a controlled environment,” he said.

Cynthia Graham, acting director of environmental services, assured councilors that structures are inspected before they are opened to children. She said that around the structures is a safety coating that will protect children in the event of a fall.

“I don’t think there’s any additional risk in this design compared to our usual game structure,” Graham said.

The recommendation will be voted on by the board on February 23.

Virginia F. Goins