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New playground coming for Trail’s Queen Elizabeth Park

A Trail park will get a new playground at a cost of nearly $92,000.

City council approved the awarding of a contract this month to Green Roots Play Equipment Inc. of North Saanich for the supply and installation of equipment and surfacing at Queen Elizabeth Park in Glenmerry.

In 2022, a consultant provided an audit of the city’s 13 playgrounds and ranked Queen E as No. 1 in need of replacement based on age, safety standards, and risk of injury.

According to a city staff report, the current playground doesn’t comply because of the layout of both the swing set and play structure. However, the existing concrete border does not need to be replaced.

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The city issued a request for proposals and received three responses. The Green Roots proposal received a near-perfect score. The city says the new structure is for ages two to 12 and includes a mix of elements on both the main structure and other pieces.

Completion is expected by mid-November, assuming the weather co-operates.

Meanwhile, council has also awarded a $54,000 contract to True Consulting for engineering and design work on improvements to Glover Road.

A staff report says the same firm began designing replacements to the sidewalk and handrail in 2015 but the project stalled until 2019 when a review found other problems including degraded asphalt, poor grading, and lack of drainage.

The project now calls for the replacement of the handrail system with one that meets current codes and regulations, designing new sidewalk sections that allow for trackless snow clearing equipment, a new curb and gutter system, and a new stormwater system.

The city calls Glover Road a “critical piece” of its transportation network. In the winter, it’s the primary access for many West Trail residents due to its lower grade.

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