Summer 2020 to Summer 2021: Design development and community engagement
Spring 2022: Construction starts
The timeline is subject to change.
About the Project
The aim of this project is to revitalize the park’s frontage along Queen Street East. Improvements will primarily include upgrades to the park entrances, pathways, seating areas and planting beds in the streetscape on the southern edge of the park.
The full scope of improvements will be determined through the consultation and design development process in response to budget and site constraints, as well as functional requirements for both the park and right-of-way.
February 17, 2021
A virtual open house was held to share the preferred concept design and invite residents to ask questions about the project.
The preferred concept design was developed by combining strongly supported features from each of the previously presented concept design options. Key features include:
Designed to meet Toronto’s Accessibility Design Guidelines
Preserving all existing trees
A secondary east-west pathway with a curvilinear alignment
Small plaza/seating area to make the park more inviting and to provide a space for small events, while still trying to limit the disruption to the site and providing as much open green space as possible
Specialty pavers as the surface treatment for the secondary pathway and small plaza/seating area
New electrical power source near the small plaza
Native and pollinator-friendly shrub planting to frame the 2 park entrances and the small plaza
New bottle filler/drinking fountain/pet bowl combination at the west park entrance
New lights similar in style to others elsewhere in the park
Backed and backless benches in the small plaza/seating area
Chaises, backed benches and seating with tables to provide more options in seating types and the opportunity to be seated away from the small plaza for more tranquillity and privacy
Bollards and P-gates as barriers to vehicular entry into the park while still providing access to Parks Staff for maintenance purposes
Removal of the newspaper boxes and railing in the Right-Of-Way by the streetcar stop shelter and moving of the existing garbage/recycling bins to that location
Relocation of the existing garbage/recycling bins closer to the streetcar stop shelter and addition of a new set of bins at the east park entrance
October 23, 2020, to November 6, 2020
An online survey was launched to gather additional feedback on the concept design options.
A preferred concept design is currently being developed.
October 21, 2020
A Virtual Public Meeting was held to present Concept Design options for the streetscape improvements and gather feedback from the public.
Join us for the Ivan Forrest Gardens Streetscape Improvements Open House. Over the past few months, the City of Toronto has been working with the local community and stakeholders to develop a new design for the frontage along Queen Street at Ivan Forrest Gardens. Join us to see the preferred concept design and learn more about the project. Log in 10 minutes early to make sure the connection is working.
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