The David Crombie Park Revitalization Design project will develop a comprehensive conceptual design and implementation plan for improvements to the park that meet the current and future needs of the community. The design will evolve through consultation with residents, the public and other stakeholders.
The David Crombie Park Revitalization Design is led by the City. Local community groups and the general public are important participants in the project.
David Crombie Park is a 1.6 hectare (3.95 acres) linear park in east downtown Toronto that functions as the green spine of the St Lawrence Market Neighbourhood. David Crombie Park is situated within an area of cultural and heritage significance. It is located just south of the original footprint of Old Town Toronto.
The park was built in 1977 and is named after David Crombie, who, during his successive three terms as mayor of Toronto (1972-1978), had taken a leadership role in the redevelopment of the neighbourhood that surrounds the park.
David Crombie Park is a very well used and loved neighbourhood park. It also provides a popular green corridor promenade for tourists and residents to walk between the downtown core to neighbourhoods east of the park.
The park is located south of Front Street and is bounded by Lower Jarvis and Esplanade at its west end, and by Hahn Place and Scadding Avenue at its east end. Bordered by streets on almost all of the park edges, with consistent built street wall of 6-8 stories, the park plan was designed as an integral component of the ground-breaking design of the mixed-income and mixed-use St. Lawrence Neighbourhood to maximize eyes on the park and provide an attractive green view to the many residents and commercial tenants facing the park.
Participants learned more about the preferred concept plan, gave input and found out about the next steps.
This was an exploration of design concepts for the revitalization of David Crombie Park. Each workshop session began with a presentation followed by table group discussions that allowed input on what was liked about the concepts, and what could be done differently.
Both workshop sessions began with a presentation followed by table group discussions to provide input on what’s important, what you love about the park, what facilities or spaces are not working well, how you’d like to use the park, how you use the park now.
Attendees listened to a lively conversation on “Park + City Making”. Jane Farrow, author and former CBC broadcaster, facilitated a conversation with three inspiring experts. David Crombie, the mayor at the time St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood was conceived in the late 70s, told us about the inspiration, big ideas and challenges of creating the neighbourhood and its integrated “green spine” park. Renee Daoust, a Governor General award-winning Montreal architect and urban designer, shared her insights into what makes fantastic parks and streets, showcasing projects from around the world. Janie Romoff, the City of Toronto’s General Manager of Parks, Recreation and Forestry talked about exciting new directions for our City Parks and Public Realm. Together the panel focused on David Crombie Park’s past and future–lessons learned and opportunities for the revitalization. The conversation included questions and comments from the floor.
This was an opportunity for members of the public to share their ideas for the park. Interviews were approximately 20 minutes long and held at the St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre.
The first round of the Public Life Study was completed on August 15 and August 22.
A Public Life Study was conducted to collect people data about the park. The study will help the team understand who uses the park, at what times, how people get there, and what they do once they’re there.
This data will help the team determine the people and activities that the park is already serving, and provide insight into the people and activities that are underrepresented in the park.
The Public Life Study will be conducted in the summer, fall and winter, making it a critical tool for developing an inclusive park design that is inviting at all times of the year.