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City unveils new places to play

Kids, ages five to 12, can climb, jump, and slide at two brand new playgrounds in Prince George. The new play spots for youngsters are situated in Seymour Park, near Carrie Jane Gray Park, and in St. John Park in the College Heights neighbourhood. Currently, City crews are applying final touches, updating landscaping, and adding a picnic table at each location.

The features at both parks include:

  • Double tower and tot-friendly slides.
  • Two-bay swing sets with seating for toddlers and older children.
  • Climbing structures, balancing elements, and obstacle courses.
  • Saddle spinners.
  • Picnic tables and bear-resistant waste bins.

The City website includes playground maps to view amenities and get directions to City playgrounds:  

About Seymour and St. John Park

  • Seymour Park is a roughly one-acre green space located off Carney Street on Ellison Drive. In addition to the new playground, the park features a picnic area and a spacious, fenced-in, grassy gathering space, ideal for soccer or a game of Frisbee.
  • St. John Park now features a new playground, shady, well-treed play areas, and picnic space. This half-acre park is located in upper College Heights on St. John Crescent, between St. Lawrence and Southridge Avenue.

Nearly 50 City play places in Prince George

There are currently 48 playgrounds in the City of Prince George’s system and more than half were replaced over the last five years as part of the City’s Playground Plan in the 2017 Park Strategy. The City of Prince George has completed the replacement or renewal of 26 aging playgrounds after consulting with children, parents, and community stakeholders as part of the Strategy.

The playgrounds range in size and type, and each has a variety of equipment that is bound to stretch and strengthen the motor skills of the children who enjoy them. Additionally, working with the Heather Park Parent Advisory Council, the City installed a wheelchair-friendly park at Heather Park, making it more engaging, accessible, and sustainable.

The five-year Playground Plan was delayed in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic. The Plan will be reviewed in 2022 to determine additional updates that may be required over the next 10 years. The Park Strategy commits to an annual update to Council each fall.

Over the last five years, the City received $250,000 per year from the Government of Canada’s Canada Community-Building grant to replace and refresh playgrounds in Byng, Eaglenest, Hammond, Jackpine, Jean de Brebeuf, Moosehart, North College, Quinson, Ridgeview, Sanderson, St. Mary, Starlane, and Watrous parks. In addition, the City renewed the ground cover at Duchess Park and Paddlewheel Park.

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