The City is improving the Dufferin Grove Park north-west corner and clubhouse  Dufferin Grove Park has grown to be a vital community hub within its vibrant neighbourhood, but the facilities are reaching the end of their life cycle. This project will replace ageing infrastructure and provide new and improved facilities that meet the needs of the various users of the park.

After over three years of consultations with community members, including four public meetings, nine Community Resource Group meetings and twelve pop-up events, the design process is now complete. The next and final phase of this project is construction, which is anticipated to begin in Fall 2020.

Project Timeline

  • November 2016 to May 2017: Community engagement and visioning
  • May 2017 to September 2018: Procurement of design services.
  • September 2018 to September 2019: Design and community consultation.
  • Fall 2019 to winter 2020: Design development, building permit and development of construction documentation.
  • Spring to summer 2020: Construction procurement process and tender. This timeline was extended longer than anticipated due to COVID-19.
  • Fall 2020 to spring 2022: Construction, with anticipated rink reopening in November 2021.

This timeline is subject to change.

Dufferin Grove Park is a community hub and gathering place that supports a wide range of community programs. In order to replace aging facilities while meeting the needs of various park users, the City is improving the Dufferin Grove Park north-west corner and clubhouse. After over three years of consultations with hundreds of community members, a final design for the north-west corner and clubhouse has been confirmed. The improvements include:

  • A renovated clubhouse, including a new kitchen, an enlarged multi-purpose room to create more community space in the main clubhouse for community use, new gender-neutral and universal washrooms and improving storage space;
  • A new double-pad ice rink;
  • A separate Zamboni garage and refrigeration/mechanical facility;
  • A new basketball court with 6 basketball nets (including 2 at child height);
  • A permeable pedestrian plaza between the clubhouse and rinks;
  • Additional seating;
  • Additional and more efficient lighting;
  • Green stormwater management features
  • Full AODA accessibility through all improved spaces and pathways.

A detailed overview, including site drawings of the final design, is located in the final public meeting presentation.

The Community Resource Group (CRG) was established in 2016 to provide input, guidance and advice for the Dufferin Grove Park North-west Corner and Clubhouse Improvements project. The CRG is made up of park users and neighbourhood residents. Each member of the CRG represents at least one larger park user group. CRG applications were first opened in November of 2016, when 11 people joined. Applications were opened again in November 2018 to ensure a wider variety of park user groups were represented. All applicants were accepted and the CRG grew to 24 community members. Members represent the following park user groups:

  • Local residents
  • Families with young children
  • Youth (under 18)
  • Youth (18-30)
  • People with different accessibility needs
  • Residents of 919 Dufferin Street apartment building
  • All-season park and clubhouse users
  • Ice rink users
  • Skateboarders
  • Bike polo players
  • Volunteer gardeners
  • Friday night supper attendees
  • Slackline community
  • Clay & Paper Theatre
  • Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers Market

The application process for CRG members is now closed. Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe the CRG proceedings. If there is time remaining at the end of a regularly scheduled meeting, with the consent of CRG members, members of the public may be provided with an opportunity to share feedback.

During the construction phase of this project, project updates will be posted on this webpage. Updates will also be sent to anyone who has signed up to receive e-updates and all CRG members.

July 14, 2020

The project is now in the construction procurement phase. A full construction schedule will be available once the successful general contractor is hired via the tendering process.

January 16, 2020

Community Resource Group Meeting

The Community Resource Group met to review the updated site plan and architectural plans for the clubhouse, Zamboni garage, multi-purpose room and kitchen; and discuss the preliminary construction schedule and phasing strategy and next steps.

September 19, 2019

Public Meeting and Online Survey

This meeting presented the community with the final detailed design for the Dufferin Grove North-west Corner and Clubhouse improvements. Feedback to inform the construction phase of the project was gathered at this meeting and through an online survey.

September 4, 2019

Community Resource Group Meeting

The Community Resource Group met to review and provide feedback on the final detailed designs before they were presented at the Public Meeting on September 19, 2019.

June 5, 2019

Public Meeting and Online Survey

This meeting provided the community with an overview of the project and community engagement process to date, presented the preferred design strategy and shared the next steps for the Dufferin Grove Park North-west Corner and Clubhouse Improvements. Feedback on the preferred design was gathered at this meeting and through an online survey.

May 22, 2019

Community Resource Group Meeting

The Community Resource Group met to review and provide feedback on the design presentation and public meeting format ahead of the June 5 public meeting.

April 17, 2019

Public Meeting and Online Survey

This meeting provided the community with an overview of the project and community engagement process to date, presented refined design strategies and shared next steps for the Dufferin Grove Park North-west Corner and Clubhouse Improvements. Feedback on the refined design was gathered at this meeting and through an online survey.

March 26, 2019

Community Resource Group Meeting

The Community Resource Group met to review and provide feedback on the refined design strategies ahead of the April 17 public meeting.

February 6, 2019

Public Meeting and Online Survey

This meeting provided the community with an overview of the project and community engagement process to date, presented the preliminary design and program strategies and shared next steps for the Dufferin Grove Park North-west Corner and Clubhouse Improvements. Feedback on the preliminary design and program strategies were gathered at this meeting and through an online survey.

December 11, 2018

Community Resource Group Meeting

The Community Resource Group met to review and provide feedback on the analysis of the site, existing conditions and functional programs, as well as site improvement strategies.

November 28, 2018

Community Resource Group Meeting

The Community Resource Group met to review and provide feedback on the Project Team’s presentation which included a history of the park and its context, a site inventory and analysis, an overview of the desired improvements for the site and preliminary site improvement strategies.

October 17, 2018

Community Resource Group Meeting

The Project Team presented an overview of the project approach and scope, a site overview and conditions overview, a project timeline and schedule, an overview of key work plan elements and an approach to community engagement. The Project Team also provided an overview presentation of the input received from community members during earlier phases of engagement.

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