Coronation Park – Heritage Park Improvements
Through the restoration of pathways and creation of signage, this project aims to reflect the memorial function of Coronation Park.
There will be two phases of construction:
- Phase One will focus on King’s Oak and the silver maple circle. Construction was completed November 2018.
- Phase Two will focus on the maple groves. New markers will be installed. Construction is expected in 2019.
Coronation Park was developed in 1935 as a way to increase parkland and access to the waterfront. As part of the original design, a single Royal Oak was planted as a focal point and surrounded by a ring of silver maple trees. This arrangement celebrated the 1936 coronation of King George VI and represented the colonies of the British Empire.
Beyond this ring, additional maple groves were planted in memory of the soldiers who fought in the First World War. Each of these trees had a granite and brass marker placed under them, inscribed with the name of a military unit. Pathways clearly marked the different areas within the park.
More maple trees were planted in 1939 to honour a visit to Toronto by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. This batch of trees was planted along Remembrance Drive by veterans of the First World War and school children, with each tree representing a Toronto school.
Over the years, more trees were planted, pathways have become overgrown or have disappeared and some of the granite markers have eroded and crumbled away. With this project, the City hopes to revive the original vision of the park.
On November 10, 2018, Phase One was officially unveiled at a special Remembrance ceremony with the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Mayor of Toronto, and members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the public.
This project is supported in part by Veterans Affairs Canada.