The City is improving Osler Playground.

Project Timeline

  • Fall 2019 to Winter 2020: Park visioning (community workshop and survey)
  • Spring 2021 to Spring 2022: Design development
  • Fall 2022: Construction starts
  • Summer 2023: Construction complete

This timeline is subject to change.

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April 2022

Online Survey: Playground and Splash Pad Options

From April 13 to April 27, 2022, feedback on two playground design options and splash pad equipment was collected in an online survey. The design team will use this feedback to refine a final design, which will be shared on this page when available.

All playground and splash pad design options are accessible, have the same about of play features, and cost the same amount.

Key Playground Feedback
  • 54 per cent of respondents preferred Playground Design B and 40 per cent preferred Playground Design A
  • 51 per cent of respondents preferred earthy colours like green, brown and grey for the playground equipment

Key Water Play Feedback

  • 50 per cent of respondents preferred Splash Pad Design B and 48 per cent preferred Splash Pad Design A
  • 41 per cent of respondents preferred cool colours like blue, green and light purple for the splash pad equipment
Playground Design A

A rendering of Playground Equipment Option 1 looking towards the east at eye level. The structures are shown in beige, green, light green and grey and include the features described below

Design A includes:

  • A swing set with two swings for ages two to five, two swings for ages five to 12, and one inclusive seat
  • Junior play structure with curved slide, double slide, multiple rigid and flexible climbing options, play panels, swinging seat, transfer station and roof
  •  Senior play structure with double slide, wave slide, multiple climbing options, overhead climber, play panel, hammock, transfer station and roof
  • Freestanding climber (for ages five to 12 years)
  • Multi-user spinning toy
  • Two-seater spring toy
  • Three freestanding play panels
Playground Design B

A rendering of Playground Equipment Option 2 looking towards the southwest at eye level. The structures are shown in beige, dark green, and green and include the features described below.

Design B includes:

  • Swing set with two swings for ages two to five, two swings for ages five to 12, and one inclusive seat
  • One basket swing
  • Junior play structure with double slide, multiple climbing options, play panels, transfer station and roof
  • Senior play structure with spiral slide, multiple rigid climbing options, play panels, transfer station and roof
  • Freestanding climbing structure with flexible rope climbers and a rigid overhead climbers (for ages five to 12 years
  • Freestanding flexible climber (for ages five to 12 years)
  • Seat spinning toy
  • Spring toy
  • Seesaw
  • Three freestanding play panels
  • Truck play structure
Splash Pad Design A

Design A includes:

  • Three upright spray features (one tall spilling, one tall dumping, and one short spray)
  • Four ground spray features
Splash Pad Design B

Design B includes:

  • Three upright spray features (one tall and two loop)
  • Seven ground spray features

January 2022

Osler Playground Park Improvements Focus Group Meeting

In September 2021, the project team presented three  design options to the community for input through a survey, public meeting and a pop-up engagement event. There was, however, no clear preference identified by the community for any of the three options. In order to ensure that the final design serves the needs of the community, the City invited a group of local residents to participate in a one-time focus group* with the project team. During the focus group, participants discussed their needs and priorities for park amenities and provided additional feedback on the proposed designs to assist the project team with advancing a design solution that will benefit all park users.

Based on the feedback from this meeting and the previous consultation events that were held in 2021, the project team is developing a preferred design, which will be shared with the community in the spring of 2022. Additional feedback on play equipment options will be gathered at that time.

*Members of the focus group were identified through a modified civic lottery, a process in which applications are chosen at random based on the applicant’s existing uses of the park. The reason for this approach was to ensure that there was a representative cross-section of park users represented in the focus group. Civic lotteries are often used by municipal governments to bring communities together to find common ground on a specific issue.

Download the:

Engagement Report

As part of phase two of engagement, the project team ran a survey, held a public meeting and conducted a pop-up engagement at Osler Playground to present designs and gather feedback.

Download the Phase Two Engagement Summary Report.

September 2021

Online Survey

From September 13 to September 26, 2021, an online survey presented design options and collected feedback from the community. In total, the survey received 546 responses.

Download the survey summary.

Pop-up Consultation in the Park.

A pop-up was held in the park on September 18.

Virtual Public Meeting

A Virtual Public Meeting was held on September 13, 2021 to present three design options for the park improvements and gather feedback from the public.

Download the meeting presentation.

Common Features in the Three Design Options
  • Designed to meet Toronto’s Accessibility Design Guidelines
  • 3 metre wide main asphalt pathway connecting Argyle Street to Humbert Street with removable bollards to prevent unwanted vehicular access
  • 1 metre wide secondary asphalt pathway connections
  • Playground area with engineered cedar fiber safety surfacing, concrete playground borders, concrete ramp, and play equipment
  • Water play area
  • Dogs off-leash area (OLA) with 1.5 metre high chain link fencing, double gate entrances, maintenance gates, concrete walkway, and seating
  • Maintaining an open green space area
  • Removal of chainlink fence that bisects the park, except for property line around school grounds, where a 1.8 metre high galvanized chain link fence will be installed between the School and Park properties, for safety.
  • Concrete pads for trash and recycling receptacles at park entrances
  • Replacing existing drinking fountain with bottle filling station/ drinking fountain/pet bowl combination located centrally in the park
  • New seating and seating areas
  • Bike/stroller parking area
  • New tree planting
  • New lighting and electrical service for special events
Design Option 1

 

This design has a more curvilinear form and includes a combined wading pool/splash pad water play area. Other key features include:

  • Park entrances located at the northwest corner, northeast corner and south end of the park
  • Asphalt pathway loop
  • New playground area (approx. 470 m2) slightly larger than existing playground with a concrete seatwall and new play equipment, including a swing set with six seats, senior play structure, junior play structure, and other freestanding play equipment
  • Wading pool upgrades, including:
    • Replacement of centre turret with new area drains
    • New overflow drain
    • New wading pool fill wall
    • Service chamber repairs and new lids
    • New wading pool storage shed
  • New small splash pad (approx. 75 m2) with splash pad drains, concrete paving and one upright and a couple ground spray features
  • New formal dogs off-leash area (OLA) (approx. 700m2) located south of the existing Bell easement
  • Decorative metal fence along the park frontage on Argyle Street
  • New seating including City standard benches, concrete paved seating area with patio-style tables with umbrellas, and concrete seatwalls
  • Design includes nine new tree plantings and requires seven tree removals (two due to their condition)
Design Option 2

 

This design has a more irregular form and replaces the existing wading pool with a splash pad. Other key features include:

  • Park entrances located at the northwest corner, north and south end of the park
  • Asphalt pathway loops
  • New playground area (approx. 400 m2) slightly smaller than existing playground with an armourstone seatwall and new play equipment, including a swing set with four seats, senior play structure, junior play structure, and other freestanding play equipment
  • New sandbox (approx. 20m2) with armourstone seatwalls
  • New splash pad (approx. 200 m2) with splash pad drains, concrete paving and upright and ground sprays with an opportunity for themed spray features
  • New formal dogs off-leash area (OLA) (approx. 950 m2) located south of the existing Bell easement
  • Removal of fencing between the Park and Argyle Street
  • New seating including City standard benches, concrete paved seating area with games tables and armoustone seatwalls
  • Design includes 17 new tree plantings and requires eight tree removals (two due to their condition)
Design Option 3

 

This design has a more linear form and includes upgrades only for the water play area. Other key features include:

  • Park entrances located at the northwest corner, northeast corner and south end of the park
  • New playground area (approx. 500 m2) larger than existing playground with a concrete seatwall and new play equipment, including a swing set with four seats and a group swing, senior play structure, junior play structure, and other freestanding play equipment
  • New sandbox (approx. 40 m2) with concrete seatwalls
  • Wading pool upgrades, including:
    • Replacement of centre turret with new area drains
    • New overflow drain
    • New wading pool fill wall
    • Service chamber repairs and new lids
    • New wading pool storage shed
  • New formal dogs off-leash area (OLA) (approx. 1200 m2) crossing through the existing Bell easement
  • Decorative metal fence along the park frontage on Argyle Street
  • New seating including City standard benches, concrete paved seating area with patio-style tables with umbrellas and concrete seatwalls
  • Design includes 10 new tree plantings and requires six tree removals (two due to their condition)

Summer 2021

Design options are being developed and will be presented to the community for feedback at community engagement events in September.

Spring 2021

The design consultant has been hired and is conducting background investigations and site analysis to inform the development of design options.

February 2020

Online Survey

From January 22 to February 10, 2022, an online survey  collected feedback about the community’s priorities for the park and the Community Vision Maps that were created at the December 11, 2019 workshop.

Key Survey Takeaways
  • The most-favoured Community Vision Map among survey participants was Option 5, followed by Option 4. The least-favoured was Option 6.
  • Many participants felt that the redesigns should reflect a more balanced space distribution that caters to a variety of park users and age groups i.e. children, youths, families, dog-owners, and users who visit without dogs or children.
  • Many participants felt that a small dog area would be appropriate given the proximity to parks with larger dogs off-leash areas like Trinity Bellwoods Park. They also noted that it would be important to fence off the dogs off-leash area and separate it from the school and playground, to allow children and others to safely enjoy the park.
  • Many participants identified the running track as an important element to the park, not because it is a place where people run, but because it is a place where parents push strollers and kids learn to ride their bikes.
  • A key theme among survey responses was the need for the new design to prioritize, protect, and improve on the park’s existing trees and green spaces (e.g. adding trees to provide more shade).
  • A majority of survey participants preferred waterplay as a combination splash pad and wading pool.

Download the Visioning Survey Feedback Summary Report.

December  2019

Community Visioning Workshop

On December 11, 2019, a Community Visioning Workshop took place to discuss the community’s vision for the park improvements and to develop initial ideas for park uses, activities and layout, including the adjacent school grounds.

Participants worked together to determine appropriate sizes and locations for the primary features of the improvements project and other amenities they wanted to see in the future design of the park and adjacent school grounds. Six community vision maps were created.

After extensive community engagement and collaboration with the local community, the preferred design for the park has been completed. Feedback received from community members has been carefully considered in order to serve the needs of all. Visit the Project Updates section for more information about the community engagement process.

While we aim to provide fully accessible content, there is no text alternative available for some of the content on this site. If you require alternate formats or need assistance understanding our maps, drawings, or any other content, please contact Rachel Weston at 416-392-3357.

The preferred concept design for the improvements at Osler Playground and immediate adjacent School Grounds, which shows: Park entrances at the northwest corner, northeast corner and south end of the park New asphalt pathways, including a pathway loop, 3 metre wide main pathway connecting Argyle Street to Humbert Street with p-gates to prevent unwanted vehicular access, and 2.1 metre wide secondary pathway connections New playground area (approx. 475m2) with engineered cedar fibre safety surfacing, concrete playground borders, concrete ramp, armourstone seatwall, and new play equipment New splash pad (approx. 150m2) with splash pad drains, concrete paving and upgright and ground sprays New formal Off-Leash-Area (OLA) (approx. 950m2) located south of the Bell easement with 1.5 metre high chain link fencing, double gate entrances, maintenance gates, concrete borders, engineered wood fibre surfacing, irrigation, concrete walkway, and seating Open green space area at the west and east ends of the park New seating and seating areas including City standard benches, concrete paved seating area with patio style tables with umbrellas, and armourstone seatwalls, budget permitting Concrete pads for trash and recycling receptacles at park entrances New bottle filling station/ drinking fountain/ pet bowl combination located centrally in the park Bike/ stroller parking area New lighting and electrical service for special events Removal of fencing fronting Argyle Street and bisecting the park New 1.8 metre high galvanized chain link fence with gate between the School and Park properties, for safety. 27 new tree plantings and 11 tree removals on park property School grounds to receive new grass, tree plantings, and 2 asphalt paved basketball half-courts

The preferred design includes the following key features:

  • A design that meets Toronto’s Accessibility Design Guidelines
  • A design that incorporates input from the Community and Technical Advisory Committee
  • Entrances at the northwest corner, northeast corner and south end of the park
  • New asphalt pathways with:
    • a pathway loop
    • a three metre wide main pathway connecting Argyle Street to Humbert Street with gates to prevent unwanted vehicle access
    • a 2.1 metre wide secondary pathway connection
  • New playground (approx. 475m2) with:
    • new play equipment
    • engineered cedar fibre safety surfacing
    • a concrete border around the playground
    • a concrete ramp
    • armourstone seatwall
  • New splash pad (approx. 150m2) with:
    • concrete paving
    • upright and ground spray features
  • New dogs off-leash-area (OLA) (approx. 950m2) located south of the Bell easement with:
    • a 1.5 metre high fence
    • double gate entrances
    • engineered wood fibre surfacing
    • seating
    • a concrete walkway
  • Preservation of the open green space at the west and east ends of the park
  • New seating and seating areas with:
    • benches
    • a concrete paved seating area with patio style tables and umbrellas (budget permitting)
    • armourstone seatwalls
  • Replacement of the existing drinking fountain with a combined bottle filling station and pet bowl  located centrally in the park
  • Bike/stroller parking area
  • New lighting and electrical service for special events
  • Removal of the fence fronting Argyle Street and bisecting the park
  • New 1.8 metre high fence with gate between the school and park properties
  • 27 new tree plantings and 11 tree removals (some are  due to their condition)
  • The nearby school will receive new grass, tree plantings, and two basketball half-courts

The primary scope of improvements for this project includes:

  • A new Dogs off-leash area
  • Playground enhancement
  • Waterplay area enhancement
  • Greenspace improvements
  • Pathways improvements
  • New Seating

Improvements to the adjacent school grounds are also being considered. 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 school.