The City is planning improvements to Moss Park and John Innes Community Recreation Centre to better serve the entire community.

Project Timeline

  • Spring 2021: Procurement of architect and landscape architect design services and community engagement consultant
  • Summer 2021 to Summer 2022: Community engagement and concept designs
  • Fall 2022 to Fall 2023: Detail designed and approvals
  • Spring 2024: Procurement of construction services
  • Summer 2024 to Fall 2027: Community recreation centre construction
  • Spring 2025 to Fall 2027: Park construction

This timeline is subject to change.

Previous Public Consultations: More Moss Park

The initial re-imagining of Moss Park began in 2015 as a partnership between the City of Toronto, The 519 and a philanthropic partner. As part of this work, extensive community consultations and a feasibility study were completed to design a revitalized Moss Park to better serve the community. However, after extensive analysis, the partnership came to the conclusion that the project, as envisioned, was not feasible at that time and would not move forward in its current form. However, key takeaways from the More Moss Park consultation process will be carried forward to inform this new round of work.

The City is moving forward with the Moss Park Revitalization Project to reflect the recommendations of the Council-approved Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan.

The project will include:

  • Replacement of the 70-year old John Innes Community Recreation Centre (CRC) with both gym and aquatics facilities
  • Moss Park Arena façade improvements
  • Park improvements design and implementation

The revitalization of Moss Park will provide an opportunity to take a holistic approach to the revitalization of the park and Community Recreation Centre, which will lead to better design outcomes for the community, with the goal of creating safe and accessible spaces for all, including the most vulnerable members of the community.

November 2021

The Moss Park improvements and John Innes Community Recreation Centre redesign are paused while Councillor Wong-Tam, City staff and Metrolinx work to resolve technical issues in relation to the construction of the new Ontario Line station. We hope to have this resolved soon and will provide updates as more information is available and the process can resume.

June 24, 2021

Public Information Meeting Cancelled

The public information meeting scheduled for June 30 about Moss Park improvements and the John Innes Community Recreation Centre redesign has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. The new public meeting date will be shared with those who registered for the meeting via email, and it will be publicized through the project website and social media.

Over the last month, the project team working on Moss Park and the John Innis Recreation Centre have been conducting pre-consultation interviews with community leaders to share our preliminary plans for the design process and gather some feedback. Through these conversations, it became clear that there are still some issues that need to be resolved and more information needs to be collected.

We want to ensure this project is a success and results in the construction of renewed City assets that will serve the community well for many years. Rescheduling will allow us to deliver a more informed project launch.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your interest in this important project.

In the meantime, the project team has put together a slide deck outlining the project goals, scope and background.

Download the Moss Park and John Innes Community Recreation Centre Improvements presentation.

The City of Toronto will collaborate with Indigenous Rights holders and the local community to develop a new design that serves the needs of the community.

Information Session

This session will be rescheduled.

Join us for an information session to kick off the project. At this meeting, we will present the new scope and schedule, introduce the project team including the architect, landscape architect and engagement consultants, present the community engagement plan and share what we heard from earlier conversations with the community to confirm we’re moving in the right direction.

The Ward Councillor for Toronto Centre will be in attendance.

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