This project will re-establish College Park as a beautiful, vital, and sustainable public open space. Office towers, retail stores and residential condominiums front directly onto the park, which was originally built on top of a parking garage in the mid-1980s. New features include an artificial ice rink/reflecting pool, washroom building and green landscaped areas.

Project Timeline

  • 2016: Park demolition and parking garage roof membrane repairs (completed February 2017)
  • 2017: New park construction and skating trail
  • 2018: New park completion

An artist rendering of the redesigned College Park with a skating trail
An artist rendering of the redesigned College Park with a skating trail

College Park is situated at the heart of the city block surrounded by College St. to the north, Gerrard St. to the south, Bay St. to the west and Yonge St. to the east. Since high-density residential and commercial development has surrounded the park on all four sides, this project seeks to reinforce the park’s connections to the surrounding city and to renew its presence in the neighbourhood.

The Planning, Design and Development section of the City of Toronto is leading a revitalization initiative for College Park. The goals of the revitalization are to:

  • Make College Park a welcoming, healthy, beautiful and safe environment.
  • Improve the spatial design of the park to accommodate changing patterns of use and accommodate a higher number of park users.
  • Improve the visibility of the park from outside the city block.
  • Create a park that is more environmentally sustainable and easier to maintain.
  • Stimulate community stewardship and partnerships with adjacent businesses, residents, community groups and other stakeholders.

Canderel Stoneridge, the company responsible for the Aura development at Gerrard and Yonge St., entered into Section 37 and 45(9) agreements with the City. They agreed to provide approximately $3M of major improvements to College Park, including public consultation, design services and construction.

The College Park site is complex and needs a collaborative approach to improve both private and public open space. The City is supervising the revitalization, which includes planning and design work from the MBTW Group/Watchorn Architect and Project for Public Spaces.

Using the goals, features and activities identified in the Placemaking Plan, MBTW and The City of Toronto led a design process that included a design charette and a public meeting to discuss different conceptual proposals for the park design.