George Hislop Park is being revitalized! The improvements will include a new integrated public artwork to celebrate LGBTQ2S+ history and resilience.

Project Timeline

  • 2020 to 2021: Public consultation, concept design, design development and preparation of construction documentation
  • 2021 to 2022: Construction phase

The timeline is subject to change.

The George Hislop Park improvements will be guided by the Yonge Street Linear Park Master Plan 2017 and updated as required to meet the community’s needs. The improvements will include new pathways, lighting, seating, planting, site furnishings and features, and protection of existing trees. A new integrated public artwork will celebrate LGBTQ2S+ history and resilience.

The improvements build on the conceptual Master Plan design guidelines established through community consultation for the Yonge Street Linear Park Master Plan 2017.

September 2020

Park Closure

George Hislop Park is temporarily closed to allow the park’s soft landscape to recuperate from extensive use during a recent encampment. We anticipate the closure to continue until the Capital construction begins on the Yonge Street Linear Parks Improvements project, anticipated to start in the summer of 2021.

During this period, the City has created an outdoor art gallery exhibit along the Charles St. and Isabella edges of the park. The exhibit will feature artwork by Toronto-based artists and was selected by City staff based on the theme of hope and resilience.

For more information about the park closure contact Esther Afriat, General Supervisor, at 416 392-1765.

Upcoming Survey

A multi-phase public engagement strategy will begin in September 2020 to gather feedback from the community and stakeholders on the improvements to George Hislop Park. All public engagement activities are being planned as virtual and/or physically distant events, according to COVID-19 regulations.

A multi-phase public engagement strategy will begin in September 2020 to gather feedback from the community and stakeholders on the improvements to George Hislop Park. Information will be shared here when the details are confirmed.

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