Creditview Sandalwood Park is a state-of-the-art facility that features an activity hub for people of all ages and abilities. It sits upon a sprawling 100 acres of the Donald M. Gordon Chinguacousy Park, located at 9050 Bramalea Rd., and features a wide variety of sports activities in addition to formal gardens, greenhouse, paddle boats, petting zoo and barn, splash pad and children’s playground, and BMX/skateboard park.
The Creditview Activity Hub is the first of its kind in Ontario, according to the City of Brampton, which opened the space in 2018.
The activity hub is fully-compliant with the Accessible Ontarians with Disability Act, and the city says it is fully accessible for people with physical, mental and emotional challenges and disabilities.
The activity hub has a water cycle theme and is colour co-ordinated with educational signage about the importance of the water cycle. The hub also features a bounce wall, four-square and hopscotch, swings, climbers, slides, sand tables and a sway ship.
The city incorporated translucent coloured panels that offers a visual appeal for special needs children, rubberized mulch and artificial grass. The hub also includes a musical therapy program.
Mete said the city worked with parents of children with special needs to incorporate features that would appeal to them in the hub. There are also quiet and reflective areas available for children who want to play alone or children with developmental disabilities.
Creditview Sandalwood Park, where the activity hub is located, also has eight mini soccer fields, two cricket/soccer combo fields, one junior cricket field, two lit football/soccer combo fields, two lit lacrosse/soccer combo fields, four soccer fields and two artificial turf FIFA-approved soccer fields.
The park also has a field house with public change rooms, washrooms, concession areas, shaded seating and a picnic area that can accommodate up to 50 people. There are more than three kilometres of hiking trails in the park, which has parking for about 1,000 vehicles.
Creditview Sandalwood Park backs on to a natural heritage system that includes woodlands and wetlands that support the endangered Redside Dace, several species of birds, frogs, and insects as well as a wide variety of flora and fauna.
The park has no underground drainage sewers and all water is managed by low-impact development features that recycles all the water in the park into the ground naturally, as opposed to going into the sewer system.
If you haven’t been to this wonderful oasis in the middle of a bustling and growing region, you simply have to make it here before the summer ends to really understand and appreciate the scope of this project. -CINEWS