Originally Posted by McC
Why not? a splashpad is a certain size, children occupy a volume in space, therefore there is a capacity. This is hearsay, I haven't seen it myself, but I hear parents complaining of crowding at the splashpad at Plant. Again, I think this is great, but the Bayview CDP would also add thousands of new residents within four blocks of this park as well, and if the park is already this well-used by existing residents, then... blah blah, I'm boring myself here.
According to Eric Darwin, Primrose Park will soon be getting a new splashpad for the very reason you have mentioned from hearsay (the overcrowding at Plant):
While I do agree with your premise generally - that new residents will strain resources and that better metrics need be taken to better plan - regarding the specific metric of splashpads (and similar types of infrastructure), I think this example shows a better way. This is a very tough sort of thing to predict, and very transient (how many families with children will move in, and will this be constantly renewing itself, or one generation that quickly outgrows splashpads).
Rather than planning for splashpads years in advance, when there is hard data that they are becoming overcrowded, that is when new ones can be built. I highly doubt that we will ever run out of space for that sort of amenity in this part of the city (there is underutilized greenspace at Tom Brown & other parks, and in the far future where all these resources are completely used up, a deal could be struck with the NCC to reclaim a portion of the Ottawa River parklands for a community park).
However, your complaint about lack of metrics generally is one I agree with.