The City is improving Moss Park and John Innes Community Recreation Centre to better serve all community members.

  • Spring 2021: Procurement of architect and landscape architect design services and community engagement consultant
  • Spring/Summer 2022: Community engagement – Building on the Vision
  • Summer/Fall 2022: Community engagement – Early Design Ideas
  • Winter/Spring 2023: Community Engagement – Preferred Design
  • Spring 2024: Hire a construction team
  • Summer 2024 to Fall 2027: Community Recreation Centre construction
  • Spring 2025 to Fall 2027: Park construction

This timeline is subject to change.

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July 2022

Online Survey

From June 20 to July 3, 2022, an online visioning survey took place to collect feedback to help shape the vision, including the design principles and big moves, for the community recreation centre and the park. The survey received 483 responses. A summary of the results will be posted here when available.

June 2022

Open House

On June 20, 2022, the community engagement for the project kicks off with a virtual open house. The community was invited to learn more about upcoming engagement opportunities and the emerging guiding principles and big moves for the community recreation centre and park.

April 2022

Local’s Advisory Group, Network of Project Champions Call for Applications

In April 2022, the project team resumed the community engagement program by launching a call for applications for the Local Advisory Group, Network of Project Champions and Design Mentorship. Visit the Get Involved section for more information.

November 2021

The Moss Park park improvements and John Innes Community Recreation Centre replacement 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 replacement 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 following groups are participating in this project as part of the community engagement process. Applications closed in May 2022.

Advisory Groups

Local Advisory Group (LAG)

The LAG is a space for focused discussions with local stakeholders including residents, members of nearby businesses, service providers, community groups and organizations operating within the vicinity of the park.  Members were selected using a modified civic lottery to ensure the membership is diverse and representative of the local community in terms of demographics and uses of the facilities.

Network of Project Champions

Project Champions are community leaders with strong relationships with Moss Park. The team of champions will engage and consult park and community recreation centre users and gather their insights for the project. The goal of the champions is to connect with communities who are often not included in formal planning processes for example, people experiencing homelessness, communities for whom English is not their first language, single parents and/or youth. Project champions will be paid and will receive training and support from the project team.

Mentorship

Youth Designer/Artist Mentorship

As part of the project, the City created a mentorship opportunity for youth to participate in a design/art project. One to three youth (age 13 to 18) community members will work with an artist on the project team to help develop an art or design component for the project.

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 park improvements and John Innes Community Recreation Centre Replacement 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 a new facility featuring a double gym, two (2) pools and community space.
  • Moss Park Arena façade improvements
  • Park improvements design and implementation

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