Brantford’s Woodman Park breaks ground on inclusive playground, community space

Left to right: Councillor Linda Hunt, Councillor Greg Martin, Mayor Kevin Davis, Councillor Mandy Samwell, Taylor Edwards, Greenhouse and Learning Centre Coordinator at Equal Ground Community Gardens, and Paulina Gusciora, Equal Ground Community Gardens volunteer.

Ontario Construction News staff write

The City of Brantford and Equal Ground Community Gardens broke ground at Woodman Park at 491 Grey St. last week to kick-off construction of a new park, playground, and community garden project set to be open for the fall 2024 season.

The new Woodman Park will feature new amenities designed for inclusive use, including accessible playground equipment tailored for different age groups.

The park’s updated design incorporates innovative outdoor learning and meeting spaces, games tables, paved pathways, shade structures and new tree plantings. A highlight of the new park will be the revolutionary We-Go-Swing, which allows wheelchair users and non-wheelchair users to enjoy at the same time allowing more opportunities for interactive play.

“Equal Ground Community Gardens is very excited to be breaking ground in partnership with the City of Brantford,” said Andrea Coombs, project lead. “This will be our premier community garden site and will be home to Equal Ground Community Garden’s greenhouse facility.

“We look forward to the gardens opening to the residents this fall and can hardly wait to offer programming to grow gardening knowledge and food sustainability in our community.”

The garden will include accessible garden beds, raised garden beds, a variety of fruit trees and vibrant pollinator gardens. Added amenities will include a shade structure and paved pathways and a new greenhouse and a practical storage shed. Learn more at

“The anticipated park and community garden enhancements, as well as the opening of the Woodman Pool this summer, will provide for a multifunctional community hub designed to enrich recreation and leisure opportunities for all to enjoy,” said Inderjit Hans, commissioner of public works.


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