Redblacks mascot Big Joe tried out the play structure, even posing for some pictures up there, at the community picnic and fair, hosted by the City at Lansdowne Park on Aug. 16, 2014. David Kawai / Ottawa Citize
Carys Mills, Ottawa Citizen
The children's play area at Lansdowne's urban park is facing further construction delays that will keep the site closed following its official opening less than two weeks ago.
The park officially opened on Aug. 15. Over that weekend, children played on the play structure and skateboard ramps. But days later, the playground and skateboard ramps were closed, which a city official said was due to wet weather having prevented some final touches the week before.
Early last week, the city said the work would take roughly a week. But both the children's play area and the skateboard ramps remained closed as of Wednesday morning.
Marco Manconi, the manager of design and construction at Lansdowne, said further bad weather last week pushed construction back again. "(It) requires at least a week for the installation and curing of the rubberized surface to provide a safer and more accessible play surface," he said in an email. "Crews are working to complete the project as soon as possible."
The rest of the park, including the great lawn and a basketball court, is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. The city is warning residents that construction will continue into the fall because of the staged construction at Lansdowne, so heavy vehicles and equipment are still on site. A water garden, civic gardens and Horticulture Building are among the parts of Lansdowne still being worked on.