Finding new parkland in the built-up downtown core is a challenge. The Hydro corridor that runs from Davenport and Macpherson Ave west and northwest towards Earlscourt Park presents a rare opportunity to create a linear open space amenity within a rapidly intensifying city.

The vision to make this provincially-owned infrastructure corridor also function as a publicly accessible green line has been a goal for many years.

The technical details of this image can be described by contacting project coordinator Nancy Chater at nancy.chater@toronto.ca
A concept image showing possible priority areas, 2018.

The City is leading the Green Line Implementation Plan, in partnership with Park People. The Implementation Plan will provide a plan for connecting the corridor into a public open space, using the following methods:

  • Improving existing licensed parkland parcels within the Green Line.
  • Licensing new Green Line parcels from the province and Hydro One and creating public spaces within them.
  • Making improvements to City rights-of-way between or adjacent to Green Line parcels.
  • Improving pedestrian connections at road crossings.

Phase 1

The focus of Phase 1 is inventory, analysis and consultation. The project team will complete a comprehensive inventory including reviewing existing planning policies, conducting environmental and archaeological assessments, preparing a safety and walkability audit, and consulting with stakeholders.

This phase will identify the distinct character areas along the Green Line. Phase 1 will conclude with a clear picture of the opportunities and constraints for the proposed Green Line and set the stage for conceptual design work in Phase 2.

Phase 2

In Phase 2, an overall conceptual master plan will be developed for the proposed Green Line, complete with design guidelines, design details and site-specific schematic designs for various public spaces proposed within the corridor.

It will also include the preparation of a priority and phasing plan and an implementation schedule with preliminary cost estimates. This work will provide a method for the City to realize the proposed conceptual master plan over time.

The Green Line Implementation Plan Report will propose a high quality public open space system with a recognizable visual identity that meets the needs of the community, invites people to a unique setting, and becomes a part of the lasting legacy and image of our city.

Phase 1 and Phase 2 are complete. Download the final Green Line Implementation summary report.

Past Consultations

April 23, 2018: Draft Conceptual Master Plan

City staff and the consultant team members presented the Phase 2 Draft Conceptual Master Plan, received input from the public, and discussed next steps.

Downloads from the meeting: