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.

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, extended due to COVID-19
  • Spring 2021 (once the skating season ends): Construction begins
  • Skating Season 2022-2023: New rinks open
  • February 2023: Construction complete

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 consultation, hundreds of community members shared their feedback on what they would like to see in this vital community space. The City hosted nine Community Resource Group meetings, four public meetings and 12 pop-up events during which a final design for the north-west corner and clubhouse was developed. The design process is now complete.

The improvements will 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 six basketball nets (including two at child height)
  • A permeable pedestrian plaza between the clubhouse and rinks
  • Additional seating
  • Additional and more efficient lighting
  • Green stormwater management features
  • Full Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) accessibility through all improved spaces and pathways

The Upcoming Improvement Renderings section has details.

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AERIAL IMAGE/RENDERING OF IMPROVEMENTS: on the north-east of the site, the path from Dufferin street is an uupdated staircase and diagonal accessible pathway from the corner of Dufferin St. & Dufferin Park Ave. The Clubhouse maintains its current footprint. Improvements occur inside the building (see images that follow), and increased window area and canopies. A Zamboni Garage with green roof is located east of the north end of the clubhouse. East of the clubhouse is a Plaza space on permeable paving (which means rainwater can flow through the pavers). The area will include built-in seat walls, planters, lighting, and electrical outlets. The side of the Clubhouse that looks onto the plaza will have enlarged windows and a canopy. South of the clubhouse, connecting pathways is a Steel elevated boardwalk and regrading the slope along pathways to improve accessibility. There is a bottle filling station south of the plaza space, along with a Relocated wooden shed and small bake oven, with the existing large pizza oven remaining in place. The existing picnic area remains (protected through construction). The existing community gardens to remain and expand (protected through construction), with one garden shed relocated to north of the community garden. East of the plaza, with a north-south orientation are a Pleasure skating pad with new lighting (Used for skateboarding and other purposes when not in use for ice skating) and a hockey rink with boards and sports lighting (also Used for skateboarding, bike polo, and other purposes when not in use for ice skating) . Between the rinks are gates on the north and south end for a Zamboni which can be opened for social skate times. There are team benches and penalty boxes between the rinks as well. South of the Hockey Rink is a new Basketball court with 6 nets (2 at youth height) and lighting. This becomes the snow melt/storage area in winter. There will be new seating on the north, east, and south sides of the basketball court, and bike parking rings south-east of the basketball court. There are Bioswales for natural stormwater management, north of the rinks.
AERIAL IMAGE/RENDERING OF IMPROVEMENTS: on the north-east of the site, the path from Dufferin street is an uupdated staircase and diagonal accessible pathway from the corner of Dufferin St. & Dufferin Park Ave. The Clubhouse maintains its current footprint. Improvements occur inside the building (see images that follow), and increased window area and canopies. A Zamboni Garage with green roof is locate east of the north end of the clubhouse. East of the clubhouse is a Plaza space on permeable paving (which means rainwater can flow through the pavers). The area will include built-in seat walls, planters, lighting, and electrical outlets. The side of the Clubhouse that looks onto the plaza will have enlarged windows and a canopy. South of the clubhouse, connecting pathways is a Steel elevated boardwalk and regrading the slope along pathways to improve accessibility. There is a bottle filling station south of the plaza space, along with a Relocated wooden shed and small bake oven, with the existing large pizza oven remaining in place. The existing picnic area remains (protected through construction). The existing community gardens to remain and expand (protected through construction), with one garden shed relocated to north of the community garden. East of the plaza, with a north-south orientation are a Pleasure skating pad with new lighting (Used for skateboarding and other purposes when not in use for ice skating) and a hockey rink with boards and sports lighting (also Used for skateboarding, bike polo, and other purposes when not in use for ice skating) . Between the rinks are gates on the north and south end for a Zamboni which can be opened for social skate times. There are team benches and penalty boxes between the rinks as well. South of the Hockey Rink is a new Basketball court with 6 nets (2 at youth height) and lighting. This becomes the snow melt/storage area in winter. There will be new seating on the north, east, and south sides of the basketball court, and bike parking rings south-east of the basketball court. There are Bioswales for natural stormwater management, north of the rinks.
AERIAL IMAGE/RENDERING OF IMPROVEMENTS: on the north-east of the site, the path from Dufferin street is an uupdated staircase and diagonal accessible pathway from the corner of Dufferin St. & Dufferin Park Ave. The Clubhouse maintains its current footprint. Improvements occur inside the building (see images that follow), and increased window area and canopies. A Zamboni Garage with green roof is locate east of the north end of the clubhouse. East of the clubhouse is a Plaza space on permeable paving (which means rainwater can flow through the pavers). The area will include built-in seat walls, planters, lighting, and electrical outlets. The side of the Clubhouse that looks onto the plaza will have enlarged windows and a canopy. South of the clubhouse, connecting pathways is a Steel elevated boardwalk and regrading the slope along pathways to improve accessibility. There is a bottle filling station south of the plaza space, along with a Relocated wooden shed and small bake oven, with the existing large pizza oven remaining in place. The existing picnic area remains (protected through construction). The existing community gardens to remain and expand (protected through construction), with one garden shed relocated to north of the community garden. East of the plaza, with a north-south orientation are a Pleasure skating pad with new lighting (Used for skateboarding and other purposes when not in use for ice skating) and a hockey rink with boards and sports lighting (also Used for skateboarding, bike polo, and other purposes when not in use for ice skating) . Between the rinks are gates on the north and south end for a Zamboni which can be opened for social skate times. There are team benches and penalty boxes between the rinks as well. South of the Hockey Rink is a new Basketball court with 6 nets (2 at youth height) and lighting. This becomes the snow melt/storage area in winter. There will be new seating on the north, east, and south sides of the basketball court, and bike parking rings south-east of the basketball court. There are Bioswales for natural stormwater management, north of the rinks.

  1. Updated staircase and diagonal accessible pathway from the corner of Dufferin St. & Dufferin Park Ave.
  2. The Clubhouse maintains its current footprint. Improvements occur inside the building (see images that follow), and increased window area and canopies.
  3. Zamboni Garage with green roof.
  4. Plaza space on permeable paving (which means rainwater can flow through the pavers). The area will include built-in seat walls, planters, lighting, and electrical outlets. The side of the Clubhouse that looks onto the plaza will have enlarged windows and a canopy.
  5. Steel elevated boardwalk and regrading the slope along pathways to improve accessibility.
  6. Bottle filling station.
  7. Relocated wooden shed and small bake oven, with the existing large pizza oven remaining in place.
  8. Picnic area remains (protected through construction).
  9. Community garden to remain and expand (protected through construction).
  10. Relocated garden shed.
  11. Pleasure skating pad with new lighting. Used for skateboarding and other purposes when not in use for ice skating.
  12. Gate for Zamboni. Will be opened during pleasure skating time to create loop between both rinks.
  13. Team benches and penalty boxes.
  14. Hockey rink with boards and sports lighting. Used for skateboarding, bike polo, and other purposes when not in use for ice skating.
  15. New Basketball court with 6 nets (2 at youth height) and lighting. Becomes the snow melt/storage area in winter.
  16. New seating on the north, east, and south sides of the basketball court.
  17. Bicycle parking rings.
  18. Bioswales for natural stormwater management.

 Layout of the clubhouse, with a refrigeration, electric and mechanical room on the north side of the building. This area is not accessible to the public. Just south of that is the loby (similar to the current lobby space) with new universal washrooms stalls including one accessible stall. There is a janitorial closet and storage off of the lobby as well. Most of the building is taken up by the central, long multi-purpose room that can be divided with an accordion wall. These look onto the plaza and rink area. On the west side of this part of the building are staff offices and point of sale space. On the south end of the building is a large community kitchen with some storage.

  1. This side of the Clubhouse will not be accessible to the public. It will contain the refrigeration room, electrical, and mechanical equipment.
  2. Five gender-neutral, self-contained washrooms (toilet and sink) with one accessible washroom with a change table.
  3. Janitor’s closet and storage.
  4. Two-sided gas fireplace.
  5. Staff offices.
  6. A multi-purpose room that can be divided into two rooms with the use of a fold-out wall.
  7. Community kitchen.
  8. Point-of-sale room, including skate storage.

The entire building meets accessibility standards (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)).

Multi-Purpose Room

Multi purpose room view looking north-west. The multipurpose room has light grey walls and a dark floor, with high ceilings. There are yellow light fixtures and fans hanging from the ceiling. There are hooks, lockers, and shelves along the walls and long tables with chairs around them in the middle of the room. Along the east wall there are windows with bench seating by the windows.
Multi purpose room view looking south east. The multipurpose room has light grey walls and a dark floor, with high ceilings. There are yellow light fixtures and fans hanging from the ceiling. There are hooks, lockers, and shelves along the walls and long, low seating that is movable in the middle of the room and in front of the windows. There is storage under the seating (e.g. for shoes)

  • The multi-purpose room can be divided into two rooms with a fold-out wall.
  • A gas fireplace is positioned within the wall that separates the room from the lobby.
  • There are large windows with bench seating (storage below) that overlook the plaza and rinks outside.
  • The room maximizes wall space for storage and includes overhead lighting and fans.
  • Room furniture is flexible and can be moved/reconfigured as needed for different uses.
  • Windows to the outdoors are operable (not sealed closed).

Community Kitchen

Artist rendering of the new clubhouse kitchen view looking North-East A large island in the middle of the kitchen with a large window over a sink looking over the park, and an internal window and glass door connecting to the multi-purpose room. The remaining walls have top and bottom storage cupboards with plenty of counter space. There is a double oven and double sets of burners. There are yellow drop lights hanging from the ceiling and the floor is brown. The walls are grey and the cabinets are a light wood.
Artist rendering of the new clubhouse kitchen, view looking south-west. A large island in the middle of the kitchen with large windows and a glass door looking onto the park. The remaining walls have top and bottom storage cupboards with plenty of counter space. There is a double oven and double sets of burners. There are yellow drop lights hanging from the ceiling and the floor is brown. The walls are grey and the cabinets are a light wood.

  • Plenty of counter space and storage space.
  • Moveable island.
  • Multiple sinks including commercial wash-up sink, double-basin prep sink and hand sink.
  • A commercial dishwasher.
  • Plenty of overhead lighting.
  • Two ovens and ranges with commercial hood.
  • Large internal window between the kitchen and the multi-purpose room, with a counter-height serving window.
  • Finishing, materials, and appliances selected with durability and longevity in mind.

Sustainability features of the improvements will include:

Air Quality

Bicycle Parking

24 bike parking spaces are provided under the canopy of the Clubhouse.

Pedestrian Connectivity

Accessible, 2.1 m wide park path from Dufferin Street provided; stair access to Clubhouse provided; existing park path to Gladstone Spine improved to 2.1 m wide.

Weather Protection

Covered outdoor waiting areas on east and west sides of clubhouse.

Pedestrian Lighting

Pedestrian-scale lighting provided on park paths and surrounding Clubhouse and Plaza.

Urban Heat Island Non-Roof

High-albedo materials used in plaza, rinks, and court paving.

Water Balance, Quality and Efficiency

Erosion and Sediment Control

Requirements to control erosion during construction.

Stormwater Management

Clubhouse roof designed to retain rainwater; Zamboni roof green roof; infiltration galleries collect stormwater; permeable pacing in Plaza, – 8% reduction of non-permeable, non-contributing surfaces.

Drought-Tolerant Landscape

All plantings to be drought-tolerant and native species, no irrigation required.

Water Efficient Fixtures

All plumbing fixtures to be low-flush fixtures.

Ecology

Native Pollinator Supportive Species

All native plantings including trees and shrubs.

Invasive Species

No invasive species planted; where possible invasive species removed as part of the project.

Biodiverse Green Roofs for Pollinators

Zamboni Garage roof planted with pollinator species; garden plantings promote pollinators.

Bird Friendly Glazing

Exterior treated to reduce bird collisions.

Night-Sky Friendly Lighting

All lighting full-cut off fixtures.

Solid Waste

Construction Waste Diversion

Target to divert up to 75% of the total construction and demolition waste material from landfill.

Use of Recycled Materials

Benches, and concrete pavers made of recycled materials; bricks salvaged and reused in building.

Energy Efficiency, GHGs and Resilience

Building Energy Performance

Building design aims to exceed Ontario Building Code requirements for energy efficiency.

Refrigerator System Energy Performance

New Ice Rink System ammonia charge reduced by approximately 27%, eliminates water usage and incorporates a heat reclaim system for the snowmelt put coil. System will be better able to handle the increasingly hotter weather, with less runtime on the colder days due to better pump sizing as compared the existing system.

Lighting Performance

All interior and exterior light pictures LED.

Passive System Strategies

Passive daylighting and ventilation strategies within the Clubhouse.

Building Resilience

Building and site design factor in thermal resilience and safety including higher roof insulation value, passive ventilation, active cooling systems, and shade in the landscape.

March 25, 2021

Community Resource Group Meeting

The Community Resource Group (CRG) met to hear an update from the project team on the upcoming construction. CRG members were able to ask questions of clarification following the update.

A summary will be posted when available.

Download the meeting presentation.

March 2021

With the skating season coming to a close, it will soon be time to begin construction on the North-West Corner and Clubhouse Park Improvements.

Construction Information

Construction was originally slated to begin at the end of 2020. In response to community feedback, construction was delayed to keep the skating rink open for winter 2020-2021, providing residents with outdoor activity space during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the skating season coming to a close, construction fencing will be put in place on March 28 to allow construction to begin.

  • Construction Start Date: March 28, 2021
  • Construction End Date: February 2023

Schedule

The original construction schedule has been delayed to allow the skating rinks to remain open for the 2020-2021 skating season. To accommodate the shifted construction schedule while allowing regular park and clubhouse activities to resume by February 2023, construction will consist of one phase. There will also be limited closure of the north-west corner pathway when required. As per the construction agreement, financial costs can be incurred if construction is delayed beyond the agreed upon completion date (costs can apply to either the City or the contractor based on the cause of the delays).

Future Skating Seasons

The rink will be under construction for the 2021-2022 skating season. During this season, the city will work with the community to create a natural ice rink. The new rink will be open for the following 2022-2023 skating season.

Construction Area (Hoarding Area)

During construction, the Dufferin Grove Park Clubhouse, rinks, basketball court, gardens, and surrounding area (Site A in the Hoarding Map) will be fenced off for construction. The north-west corner pathway, located west of the Clubhouse (Site B in the Hoarding Map), will be open through most of the construction period but closed for work as required. The community will be given two weeks’ notice before the closure of this pathway. The Contractor and City are working to find an ideal time to sequence this work.

Once the rink construction is complete, it will be open for the 2022-2023 skating season. All other areas of the north-west corner and Clubhouse are planned to reopen in February 2023.

An aerial satellite image of Dufferin Grove Park, outlining the park boundaries in red and the construction hoarding area in green. During construction the Dufferin Grove Park Clubhouse, rinks, basketball court, gardens, and surrounding area (Site A in the Hoarding Map) will be fenced off for construction. The north-west corner pathway, located west of the clubhouse and East of Dufferin Street (Site B in the Hoarding Map), will be open through most of the construction period but closed for work as required.

Accommodating Park and Clubhouse Activities

The majority of Dufferin Grove Park will not be impacted during construction. The City understands that many community activities operate out of and around the clubhouse, rinks, and gardens. We are working with activity organizers to find accommodation for impacted activities in other areas of the park where possible. While a construction process can have inconvenient and disruptive impacts on such activities, we remind residents that the outcome will be an improved clubhouse and north-west corner that will ensure decades of enjoyment for park users.

Bake Ovens

Parks Operations are relocating the small bake oven so that it may be accessible to the public during construction. The small bake oven will be temporarily located near the Cob, at the south end of the park. While food programming is currently not happening due to COVID, this location has water access which will allow for oven use once permitted, based on COVID regulations.

Basketball

The basketball court will be closed during construction. Basketball courts and nets under a 15-minute walk away include Bloor Collegiate, St. Helen Catholic School (1196 College St.), Brock Public School (93 Margueretta St.), Dewson Street Junior Public School (65 Concord Ave.) and Central Toronto Academy (570 Shaw St.).

Bike Polo

The bike polo community is working with the City to identify an alternate area for play during construction.

Campfires

Campfires are not currently permitted due to COVID regulations. The City will continue to follow COVID regulations and update the availability of campfire spaces as required.

Clay and Paper Theater

The puppets which were stored in the Clubhouse have been relocated.

Farmers Market

The Market will continue to operate from St. Anne’s Church as long as they are permitted. In the summer, the City will help accommodate the Market along the pathway to the east of the construction zone. The group understands that noise and dust may be an issue due to active construction. The Farmers’ Market will be able to return to the site fully upon completion of construction in February 2023.

Food Preparation

No food preparation programs are currently running due to COVID. Staff will work with the community to identify if/what accommodations can be made for food preparation once allowed.

Gardens

The existing community gardens north of the picnic area will be protected but inaccessible during construction. Parks Operations have provided temporary planter beds near the Fieldhouse. These beds have water access. Two sheds and a compost bin have also been temporarily relocated near these gardens, with the assistance of Parks Operations staff.

Skateboarding

An alternative location has been confirmed at Wallace Emerson.

Washrooms

Clubhouse washrooms will be closed during construction. Fieldhouse washrooms will be open year-round including in the spring/summer from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and in the fall/winter from 9 a.m. to dusk.

Updates

Construction updates will be shared monthly on this webpage, in the e-Updates emails and shared with all Community Resource Group members via email. If during construction you have any questions or feedback, please email DGConstruction@toronto.ca.

February 2021

Preparation work is underway. The project team, including the Project Manager, Consultant and Contractor are working diligently to ensuring all the necessary background work is completed and that the site is ready for mobilization in April once the ice rink is closed for the season.

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.

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.

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