The City is planning to improve the clubhouse and northwest corner of Dufferin Grove Park. Dufferin Grove has grown to be a vital community hub within this vibrant neighbourhood, but the facilities have are reaching the end of their life. This project provides an opportunity to replace aging infrastructure, while providing facilities that meet the needs of the various uses of the local 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
  • September 2019 to spring 2020: Design development and procurement of construction
  • Summer 2020 to spring 2022: Construction, with anticipated rink reopening in November 2021

This timeline is subject to change.

Dufferin Grove Park supports a wide range of community programs and an opportunity has been identified to improve the existing facilities to enable new opportunities for future developments and community gathering. This project includes a new addition, alteration, or replacement of the following:

  • A new commercial kitchen/baking area
  • A multi-purpose room
  • A refrigeration facility for the outdoor ice rink
  • Public washrooms
  • A snack bar and a skating rental booth

The Community Resource Group (CRG) was established in 2016 to provide input, guidance and advice for the Dufferin Grove Park Northwest 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 on the CRG. All applicants were accepted and the CRG membership currently sits at 24 community members. These 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

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 an opportunity to share feedback.

January 16, 2020: Community Resource Group Meeting

The Community Resource Group met the Project Team 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 & Online Survey

The final detailed design was presented to the community at a public meeting on September 19, 2019. Attendees were invited to provide feedback to the Design Team ahead of the construction phase of the project.

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 to at the Public Meeting on September 19, 2019.

June 5, 2019: Public Meeting & Online Survey

A public meeting was held at St. Helen Catholic School (1196 College Street). The meeting provided the community with an overview of the project and community engagement process to date, to present the preferred design strategy for the Dufferin Grove Park Northwest Corner and Clubhouse Improvements and gather community feedback, and provide next steps for the project.

May 22, 2019: Community Resource Group Meeting

The Community Resource Group met the Project Team 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 & Online Survey

A public meeting was held at St. Helen Catholic School. The meeting provided the community with an overview of the project and community engagement process to date, to present the refined design strategies for the Dufferin Grove Park Northwest Corner and Clubhouse Improvements and gather community feedback, and provide next steps for the project.

March 26, 2019: Community Resource Group Meeting

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

February 6, 2019: Public Meeting & Online Survey

A public meeting was held at St. Helen Catholic School (1196 College Street). The meeting provided the community with an overview of the project and community engagement process to date, to present the preliminary design and program strategies for the Dufferin Grove Park Northwest Corner and Clubhouse Improvements and gather community feedback, and provide next steps for the project.

December 11, 2018: Community Resource Group Meeting

The Project team presented an analysis of the site and existing conditions and functional programs, as well as site improvement strategies. The discussion following the presentation aimed to gather further community feedback on the site analysis and improvement strategies.

November 28, 2018: Community Resource Group Meeting

The Project Team presented 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 CRG provided the Project Team with feedback on the accuracy and clarity of the presentation.

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, and 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.

Participate in a Park Pop-up

In order to continue to reach and engage with as many community members as we can, we host pop-ups in and around Dufferin Grove Park to share project information and ask for feedback. For additional information, contact a member of the project team.

 

Project Renderings

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