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.
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:
The Upcoming Improvement Renderings section has details.
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The entire building meets accessibility standards (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)).
Sustainability features of the improvements will include:
24 bike parking spaces are provided under the canopy of the Clubhouse.
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.
Covered outdoor waiting areas on east and west sides of clubhouse.
Pedestrian-scale lighting provided on park paths and surrounding Clubhouse and Plaza.
High-albedo materials used in plaza, rinks, and court paving.
Requirements to control erosion during construction.
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.
All plantings to be drought-tolerant and native species, no irrigation required.
All plumbing fixtures to be low-flush fixtures.
All native plantings including trees and shrubs.
No invasive species planted; where possible invasive species removed as part of the project.
Zamboni Garage roof planted with pollinator species; garden plantings promote pollinators.
Exterior treated to reduce bird collisions.
All lighting full-cut off fixtures.
Target to divert up to 75% of the total construction and demolition waste material from landfill.
Benches, and concrete pavers made of recycled materials; bricks salvaged and reused in building.
Building design aims to exceed Ontario Building Code requirements for energy efficiency.
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.
All interior and exterior light pictures LED.
Passive daylighting and ventilation strategies within the Clubhouse.
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.
Demolition of the interior walls within the Clubhouse is underway to make room for the expanded multi-purpose room, enlarged kitchen, gender-neutral washrooms and consolidated utility rooms within the building. Throughout the demolition process, existing concrete, steel, wood and other materials are being sorted and recycled whenever possible in order to divert waste from landfill. Exterior demolition work will follow shortly in preparation for the new ice rinks, public plaza, Zamboni garage and gardens.
The City is in the process of installing large signage along some of the construction fencing to share information with park users about the coming improvements.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
The bike polo community is working with the City to identify an alternate area for play during construction.
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.
The puppets which were stored in the Clubhouse have been relocated.
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.
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.
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.
An alternative location has been confirmed at Wallace Emerson.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Community Resource Group met to review and provide feedback on the refined design strategies ahead of the April 17 public meeting.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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