The City is improving Robertson Davies Park as a result of a development project at 281-289 Avenue Rd. The park design was developed with the help of community feedback and focuses on improving safety and accessibility. This project is not related to the consultation conducted by Hydro One in 2016/2017 which involved tree removal, pathway upgrades and tree plantings.

  • Winter to Summer 2021: Design development and community engagement
  • Fall 2021: Detailed design
  • Spring 2022 to Spring 2023: Hire a construction team (tender phase)
  • Fall 2023: Construction starts
  • Spring 2024: Construction complete

The timeline is subject to change.

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Spring 2022 to Spring 2023

Tender Phase

Due to cost escalations with materials and construction supplies, the initial tender bids from contractors came in over budget. Minor revisions were made to the final design in order for the project to stay within budget. Visit the Final Design section for more information.

Contractor Hired

The project is awarded to a contractor in spring 2023. Construction is anticipated to start in fall 2023.

May 2022

The final design for the park improvements is available in the Design section. Construction is anticipated to start in fall 2022.

Phase 2: Preferred Design

June 2021

Online Survey

From May 14 to June 7, 2021, feedback on the final designs, informed by previous stakeholder and community feedback, was collected in an online survey. The survey received 172 responses, which included feedback from 298 individuals of various ages.

Download the full survey summary report for more information.

Phase 1: Proposed Design

February 2021

Online Survey

From January 25 to February 26, 2021, feedback on the proposed design was collected in an online survey. The survey received 172 responses, which included feedback from 117 individuals of various ages.

Download the consultation summary report.

Virtual Public Meeting

On February 10, 2021, a virtual public meeting was hosted by City staff to present the proposed design for the park improvements, collect community feedback , and share perspectives and priorities. Feedback from this meeting will help inform the final design of the park.

Download the meeting presentation.

As a result of recent cost escalations, the electrical system, irrigation, and new plantings along the north edge of the park have been removed from the project scope in order to stay within budget.

To reduce costs, the City will complete some of the minor improvements including tree planting, updated plantings at the existing park entrance, and adding new benches and an accessible picnic table, per the preferred design.

In spring 2023, the construction plan for the park improvements was finalized and includes:

  • An accessible pathway connecting the park to Avenue Road
  • Lighting for the new pathway
  • A low decorative iron fence along Avenue Road

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 Laurel Christie at 416-395-0074.

Final design plan for the park improvements with numbered labels showing the location of various new and existing features. From the bottom right corner to the top left it includes the existing trees, new bench seating along the path connecting Avenue Road to Sidney Street, a low iron fence parallel to Avenue Road, accessible picnic table seating, a new light post and bench seating along the north side of the park.

  1. Accessible picnic table seating
  2. New bench seating
  3. Low decorative iron fence
  4. Existing trees to remain
  5. New light post along pathway

Any future additional improvements will need to be considered through the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Capital funding or other funding sources.