Review the most recent survey results for this project in the Project Updates section.

The City is planning improvements to Market Lane Park and will be collecting feedback from the local community, stakeholders, and Indigenous communities to ensure the new park design meets the needs of the community.

Project Timeline

  • Winter 2020/2021: Hiring a design team
  • Spring 2021 to Early Winter 2022: Community engagement
  • Winter to Spring 2022: Design development and contract documents for tender
  • Summer 2022: Hiring a construction team
  • Fall 2022: Construction starts
  • Fall 2023: Construction finishes

The timeline is subject to change.

Market Lane Park is located at 149 King St. E, adjacent to the new North St. Lawrence Market building (currently under construction) in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood. The park is part of a network of public spaces being improved in the growing St. Lawrence Market community which has a deep cultural history and is in an area with archeological significance.

The goal of the project is to design and implement park improvements that achieve design excellence, quality of place-making, and attention to detail while enhancing the heritage neighbourhood character through sustainable design the meets the needs of the community. The park design will address the following key elements:

  • Indigenous place-making/place-keeping
  • New seating and gathering areas
  • Preservation of existing trees
  • Reimaging the existing fountains with a new water feature
  • Upgraded lighting and site lines to improve safety
  • Improved accessibility
  • Integrating the existing public art feature ‘Return of the Magri-Stechhi’
  • Flexible programmable space directly connected to the new North St. Lawrence Market
  • Pedestrian connectivity from King Street to Front Street

The project team will be engaging the local community, community groups, stakeholders and Indigenous communities throughout the design process.

July 2021

Online Survey

Feedback on the vision and priorities for the park improvements was collected in an online survey from June 29 to July 18, 2021.

  • 70% of respondents agree that trees, shrubs and flowers are the most important feature for the park improvements
  • 67% of respondents are in favour of decommissioning the existing artwork and removing it from the park

Download the full report for more information.

June 29, 2021

Virtual Workshop

The project team hosted virtual workshop sessions to understand how the park is currently used and to learn more about community perspectives and priorities. Feedback from these workshops will help to identify key opportunities for the park’s improvements.

Download the workshop presentation.

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